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Strategic Steps Following Your Army MEB Referral: Preparing for Orientation and Beyond

” I was referred to the Army MEB, now what?”

Bottom Line Upfront

As a former service member who navigated the challenging terrain of a Medical Evaluation Board (MEB), it’s crucial to understand the significance of this phase now that your IDES journey has begun. This guide is tailored to address the essential steps you should take following your MEB referral. By adopting a proactive and well-prepared approach, you can tackle your medical board journey with confidence and reduce the associated stress. Your military service has prepared you for various challenges, and this MEB process is no different; with the right strategy, you can successfully navigate it. To supercharge your readiness, don’t forget to check out our free course, the “MEB Masterclass: Common Mistakes,” available at It’s your chance to gain valuable insights and avoid common pitfalls in the MEB journey.


Before delving into the specifics, let’s understand the importance of early preparation. The MEB process typically involves orientation, consultations with the Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officer(PEBLO), discussions with the MSC Liaison(VA), medical examinations, and the creation of the NARSUM (Narrative Summary of Medical History). It’s a multifaceted process, and your interactions with key figures, such as lawyers and ombudsmen, can significantly impact your experience.

Meet Your Lawyer Early

When it comes to the MEB, many individuals make the mistake of waiting to introduce themselves to the lawyer until they receive the MEB results. In our opinion, this might be too late. Instead, we recommend taking the initiative to meet your lawyer early in the process. By establishing a connection with your legal advocate, you can ask specific questions about rules and regulations and gain a deeper understanding of the MEB process.

Typically, you have around five days to make a decision after receiving your NARSUM results. Meeting with your lawyer beforehand can be invaluable when you’re faced with this tight timeline. It’s all about being prepared and having the information you need to make informed decisions about your case. Here are a few action steps to consider:

  • Initiate contact with your lawyer by sending them an introductory email.
  • Engage with your lawyer to ask pertinent questions about regulations, gaining a deeper grasp of the Medical Evaluation Board process.

Build a Relationship with the Ombudsman

Another key player in the MEB process is the ombudsman. These individuals are there to help you navigate any challenges or issues that may arise between you and your unit during the MEB process. They act as advocates for your rights and interests.

It’s essential to introduce yourself to the ombudsman early on. Building a rapport with them ensures they are aware of your case and can provide you with the support you may need. Remember, these relationships are a two-way street, and by taking the initiative to engage with both your lawyer and the ombudsman, you’re demonstrating your commitment to a smooth MEB process. Take the opportunity to connect with your ombudsman, understanding their pivotal role and the support they can provide in case of any misunderstandings between you and your unit during your MEB journey.

Understanding the MEB Process

Your journey through the MEB process is already in progress, and it’s a multi-step process. From orientation to consultations with the MEB physician and more, it requires diligent preparation and active involvement. In the next section, we’ll delve into how to prepare for your MEB physician appointment and what you need to do to ensure it goes smoothly. Stay tuned for valuable insights into this pivotal step in your MEB journey.

In conclusion, proactive planning is key when facing the Army Medical Evaluation Board. By establishing early connections with your lawyer and ombudsman and gaining a thorough understanding of the MEB process, you can set yourself up for success. Your MEB journey is an important phase in your military career, and we’re here to ensure you’re well-prepared every step of the way. For an even more comprehensive preparation, consider enrolling in the “Complete Medical Board Process Course,”. This course will empower you with valuable insights and knowledge to navigate the MEB journey with confidence.