Warrior in Transition
What is it?
A Warrior in Transition is a medical hold-over, active-duty medical extension, medical hold, and any other active-duty Soldier who requires a Medical Evaluation Board or has complex medical needs requiring six months or more of treatment or rehabilitation. Initial-Entry-Training (IET) Soldiers are eligible only if they require a Medical Evaluation Board or if deemed appropriate by the local Medical Command Commander and the IET Soldier’s Commander.
A Soldier’s mission while assigned to a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) is to heal. Soldiers assigned to a WTU may have work assignments in the unit, but such work may not take precedence over the Soldier’s therapy and treatment. Unit Commanders must clear actions under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, other legal actions, investigations, property or hand receipt issues, and line-of-duty determinations before the Soldier’s transfer to the WTU.
What has the Army done?
The Army has established a “triad of care” for Warriors in Transition: a physician, a nurse case manager, and a WTU squad leader. Warriors in Transition get priority at installations; they are at the top of the list for quarters to ensure they get high-quality housing close to services they need with minimal delay; financial and other issues are resolved without delay (Warriors in Transition or their advocates need only ask); WTUs provide centralized support and rehabilitation; and assistance with most other needs is available through Soldier and Family Assistance Centers.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army continues to open assistance centers to centralize services. We continue to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to streamline procedures, eliminate duplication, and provide maximum benefits allowed to Warriors in Transition.
Why is this important?
Our Soldiers and their Families depend on the Army for care, support, and services commensurate with the sacrifices they make in this era of persistent conflict. We, as a Nation, owe our Soldiers and their Families the very best care possible.