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Medical Examination

Medical Examination

The Medical Examination information pertains to Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen.


Department of Defense (DOD) policy requires Airmen to take a comprehensive Separation History and Physical Examination (SHPE) prior to separation or retirement, unless you are separating/retiring through the disability evaluation process and have completed those required examinations. Completion of a SHPE facilitates continuity of your medical care and evaluation of your disability claims. Information captured during the SHPE can also be used by the DOD to recognize and prevent illnesses and injuries arising from military service by mitigating or eliminating occupational exposures and physical hazards in the workplace.



If you are scheduled to separate from active duty after serving for 180 or more days, or you are an Air Reserve Component (ARC) member on active-duty (Title 10) orders greater than 30 days in support of a contingency operation, you will complete a comprehensive SHPE before the scheduled date of separation.



You must complete the DD Form 2807-1, Report of Medical History, and the Medical Examination Memorandum at the links below. Print the forms and hand-carry them to the Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) Medical Standards Management Element (MSME) for endorsement. You must complete the examination and return the completed medical clearance memorandum to the Military Personnel Section (MPS) no earlier than 180 days prior to your final separation or retirement date; and no later than 30 days before your projected departure date.


You may elect to have the SHPE accomplished through a DoD MTF or through the Veterans Administration (VA). If a previously completed qualifying examination is documented in your record within the last 12 months, you may waive completion of the entire SHPE by completing a DD Form 2697, Report of Medical Assessment, at the link below. A waiver of the SHPE requires your consent, as well as concurrence by your unit commander. Your MTF MSME can assist you with the waiver process and will complete the medical clearance memorandum required for your out-processing.


The MTF MSME uses their applicable guidance to determine the scope of the medical examination required and, if necessary, coordinates with the VA to ensure all required documentation is in your record prior to departure. NOTE: The SHPE must be annotated in your record before the MTF will clear you for departure.


The MPS ensures you are cleared by the MTF prior to out-processing by collecting the completed medical clearance memorandum.

Instructions for requesting copies of medical and/or dental records can be found on the Military Personnel Records page.

DD Form 214
Military Personnel Records
Disability Program
AF Veteran Information
High Year of Tenure
Transition Assistance Program