Medical documentation key for worldwide duty qualification Published July 28, 2014 By Maj. Bridgette Scott 188th medical administrative officer FORT SMITH, Arkansas -- It is imperative that you turn in your medical documentation to the 188th Medical Group, to include all prescriptions for medications. When you submit prescriptions for medication, ensure you have the name, reason, dose, route, quantity, number of refills and date of last refill. This information is especially important for controlled drugs. In Air Force Instruction (AFI) 48-123, members, supervisors and commanders ensure members are medically qualified for worldwide duty. Commanders and supervisors notify the servicing medical facility when they become aware of any changes in a member's medical status. Reporting a change in your medical status allows the 188th Medical Group to update your qualification status, Air Force form 422, annually. This form is included in your packet when applying for a job. You may also require a duty limiting condition report, Air Force form 469, which is used to document your restrictions as they may relate to duty, mobility or fitness. It is a misconception that once you report a change in your medical status that your military career is over. Members should not be informed by their leadership that they are disqualified when medical documentation is submitted to the medical group. This is not always the case. Once your documentation has been reviewed by a military provider, a disposition will be given to you. If you have a medical condition that has been deemed as disqualifying, you will be informed in a formal setting with the military provider during a unit training assembly weekend or by the full-time medical administrative officer or health systems specialist/health systems technician. At that time you may be told, "In accordance with AFI 48-123, you have a potentially disqualifying medical condition and here are the options suited for you." There is always the possibility that you may qualify for a waiver and continue your military service. If this is not the case, we will work to ensure you are afforded every entitlement that applies to you. The 188th Medical Group is here to serve every member during the good times and the bad times. We are true supporters in our service to you and will do everything we can to ensure you have a continued successful military career. We need your support as well and communicating with us when there is a change in your medical status is the first step.