Wounded, injured or ill sailors have the opportunity to continue to serve on limited duty status. As a limited duty coordinator, it's your job to oversee their duty assignments, daily activities and medical treatment. You're their mother hen, guiding her Navy chicks through their treatment regimen and back to duty if possible. For sailors on permanent limited duty, you're a buffer, to assist in smoothing their transition to civilian life.
Limited duty personnel are members of the U.S. Navy who have sustained a wound, an injury or who are ill. According to MILSPERSMAN 1306-1200, there are two types of limited duty. A medical officer may assign individuals to temporary limited duty if full recovery is expected within 12 months. Permanent limited duty allows an individual ruled unfit for naval service to remain on the active list until her discharge date. While on limited duty, she may perform light work requiring minimal effort.
As the limited duty coordinator, you were chosen from the personnel permanently stationed with you. The Navy requires that individual commands must select one individual to act as the command's limited duty, or LIMDU, coordinator. These commands include ships and shore stations, personnel offices, medical treatment facilities and any personnel support activities. Although limited duty allows ill or injured personnel to continue to serve, those on temporary limited duty status may not serve as LIMDU coordinators.
As the LIMDU coordinator, you stay in touch with the primary care provider for those on limited duty. If you're a medical LIMDU coordinator, you ensure each patient in your charge arrives at assigned medical appointments. You'll also keep the command -- usually the medical treatment facility to which the individual is temporarily assigned -- aware of an individual's medical and duty status. You must also maintain accurate accounts of each individual's treatment and ensure their expeditious movement through the medical system.
As LIMDU coordinator, you maintain liaison between the permanent duty command and the command to which the individual is assigned while on limited duty status. You keep records of each individual status. In the event that an individual is unable to retire to full duty status you take the necessary steps to record and report the individual's status and ensure the appropriate action is undertaken. For personnel on temporary limited duty this may mean you need to prepare them for a change to permanent limited duty, discharge or retirement.
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