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2010 Military Pay and Benefit Changes

Mental/Medical Evaluation of Reserve Personnel

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Updated November 02, 2009

The 2010 Defense Authorization Act is now law. The act includes many changes in how the military is funded and operates in 2010.

Section 654 of the act requires the military to keep Reservists on active duty status, following deployment to combat zones, until they've received a complete medical and mental health evaluation. The one exception is if the member requests termination of active duty. The provision requires counseling of members who request termination of active duty about the consequences of such action.

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