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The IDES Survey has been approved by the Department of Defense in coordination with your Military Department. The RCS# is DD-HA(A)2531, and the DoD's certification of the survey expires on June 30, 2023.

Integrated Disability Evaluation System Service Member Satisfaction Survey
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is this study about?
We are conducting surveys to learn about the experiences of people like you who have gone through the INTEGRATED DISABILITY EVALUATION SYSTEM (or IDES) program due to a wound, injury, or illness. Depending on where you are in the IDES program, you may be asked to complete the MEB survey, or the PEB survey.

The Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) phase starts when you are referred into the IDES by your physician/provider and ends with your return to duty or referral to the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB).

The PEB phase starts when your MEB Phase comes to an end. The PEB starts with the Informal Physical Evaluation Board (IPEB) (or fitness determination), and moves through the VA proposed rating, the VA rating reconsideration (if any), the Formal PEB (FPEB) (if any), and the final determination of your separation benefits, disability retirement benefits, or your return to duty (as applicable to your situation).

How long will the survey take?
The survey will take 10 to 15 minutes.

Why should I participate?
We survey Service members in the IDES in order to get their feedback on the quality and capabilities of the program. We use that information to improve the IDES process. We sincerely hope you will participate. Your feedback is vital to our effort to continue to improve the system.

How did I get selected for the study?
Your name was provided to us from a DoD/VA database of participants that are enrolled in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (or IDES) program.

What are you going to do with the information I give you?
Your information will be combined with survey information received from other Service members in the study. This survey information will be combined with information collected from other sources about the Integrated Disability Evaluation (or IDES) program to evaluate and improve the IDES process.

Does this survey have OMB approval or a military RCS number?
This survey does not require OMB approval. Instead, it went through a military review and was approved. The RCS number is DD_HA (A) 2531. The approval expires on June 30, 2023.

How do I know you will keep this information confidential?
We are required by law not to reveal any information other than to persons directly involved with the study. None of the survey results include personally identifiable information. Survey results will be published only as statistical totals. No information will be released or published that would permit the identification of any individual.

Who is conducting the survey?
The Office of Health Services Policy and Oversight (HSP&O) has contracted with Advanced Survey Design, LLC (ASD), a service-disabled Veteran-owned small business, to program and support the web-based IDES Service member survey. ASD has supported DoD on many surveys. For additional information, you can visit:

Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) Personnel Survey
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the IDES Personnel Survey?
The Office of Health Services Policy and Oversight (HSP&O) has contracted with Advanced Survey Design, LLC (ASD), a service-disabled Veteran-owned small business, to develop a secure web-based survey. The results of the 12-minute survey will provide valuable information about the IDES process from key staff that manage and support the IDES program.

How long will the survey be open for participation?
The IDES Personnel Survey will be open for approximately 6 weeks and is currently scheduled to close around July 19, 2022.

How will the results be used?
The IDES Personnel Survey helps HSP&O and the Military Departments understand what key personnel of the IDES process say about everything from training to staffing to physical resources. It is a critical source of input for staff needs and management of the program.

Has this study been approved by DoD?
Yes, the IDES Personnel Survey has been approved by the Department of Defense. The RCS # is DD-HA(A)2531 and the expiration date is June 30, 2023.

Who is being invited to take the IDES Personnel Survey?
We are fielding the IDES Personnel Survey to all non-contractual IDES staff. Eligible participants include: Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officers (PEBLOs), PEBLO Contact Representatives, PEBLO Administrative Assistants, Legal Counsel at the Medical Evaluation Board (Military Treatment Facility level), Legal Counsel at the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB), Medical Evaluation Board (MEB), Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) Providers, MEB Tracking Office, PEB members (adjudicators) and PEB Administrators.

How will respondents’ confidentiality be protected?
Responses are totally confidential, and each respondent has a unique survey ID. It is as important to us as it is to each respondent that information remains confidential. We only use aggregated data in our reporting of findings, and none of our summaries or reports identifies or suggests the identity of any individual.