The SF 88, Report of Medical Examination, is the principal document for recording a physical examination. Use it whenever a complete physical examination is accomplished. Chapter 16 of the Manual of the Medical Department provides specific details on information for each block to complete this form properly. This section will detail the correct information for areas where most errors occur.
Review each physical examination for administrative completeness and accuracy. The following entry must be on all reports of medical examination in block 73:
The physical examination has been administratively reviewed for completeness and accuracy.
The certification of administrative review can only be completed by one who is thoroughly familiar with the physical examination and the requirements for recording and submitting that report according to established regulations and directives. This review must be accomplished by personnel assigned responsibility for supervision of the clerical completion of the report of physical examination. Personnel unfamiliar with the administrative details in completing the report of medical examination should not supervise this review procedure.
Block 77 must indicate the duties for which the member is or is not found physically qualified to perform. Block 5 applies. Note: Report members being released from active duty as qualified/not qualified for assignment to full duty at the time of release from active duty (RAD).
Reports of medical examinations are not complete until the results of any required tests, studies, or referrals for consultation or evaluation have been obtained and recorded on the SF 88. While this is a responsibility of the medical examiner, the certification of administrative review cannot properly be made until the results of these studies have been recorded or referred to on this report. Blocks 73 and/or 74 may be used for this purpose.