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Army National Guard (ARNG) Community Based Warrior Transition Units (CBWTU)

What is it?
The CBWTU allows recuperating Reserve Component (RC) Soldiers to remain on active duty while living at home with access to nearby medical facilities. The primary mission of the CBWTU is to provide high-quality health care and administrative processing for these Soldiers while allowing them to live and perform duties close to their homes and families (they perform duties at an armory or reserve center within the confines of their profiles). The CBWTU program currently manages more than 1,400 Soldiers. The CBWTUs are supervised primarily by mobilized ARNG and Army Reserve Soldiers (USAR) who lead and assist ARNG and USAR Soldiers undergoing medical treatment in neighborhood healthcare facilities.

At a CBWTU, every Soldier has an assigned experienced nurse case manager. The case manager coordinates healthcare appointments, tracks the Soldier’s progress, and ensures the Soldier’s care is acceptable. Medical care is focused on returning Soldiers to their pre-mobilization health status. If after medical treatment, a Soldier does not meet retention standards, he or she is referred to the Physical Disability Evaluation System. The Physical Evaluation Board has responsibility for determining any service-connected disability. The CBWTUs are assigned to Army Medical Command. Currently, more than 265 ARNG Soldiers are assigned as cadre in support of CBWTUs.

What has the ARNG done?
The ARNG has mobilized 265 ARNG Soldiers to staff the CBWTU.

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?
The ARNG remains committed to support the medical needs of our Soldiers and their Families throughout the mobilization cycle.

Why is this important to the Army?
Prior to the CBWTU program, injured or ill RC Soldiers who remained on active duty for treatment had to live at an Army installation. Not only did the surge overwhelm the installation housing and medical capacity, it kept Soldiers away from their Families, units, and civilian employers. The CBWTUs have provided command and control, administrative support, medical case management, and medical processing for more than 1,400 Soldiers.

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