Throughout the soldiers recovery there will be a number of different medical boards to assess their progress and needs to support this progress. As each case is different, there is no set number of medical boards, or who will be involved in them, but the recovery officer needs to explain each board to the soldier.
Those whose injuries or illness could result in a medically discharge will be put forward to a Full Medical Board, which is presided over by an Occupational Medicine Consultant. The board will review the soldier’s medical condition to determine if they will be able to return to duty or if they will be discharged from the Army on medical grounds.
If it is clear from the onset that the soldier will be able to return to duty, their case will still be assessed by a medical board but will not be put forward to a Full Medical Board.
If the Full Medical Board recommends a medical discharge, it will also give an indication of a date for the discharge which will depend on the nature of the injury and illness, and how long the soldier will need to recover/rehabilitate to be able to enter civilian life. This date gives you something to work towards, but will always be discussed with you.