Army Warrior Transition Unit Comprehensive Transition Plans now automated
June 14, 2010
- Warriors' comprehensive transition plans received a new look and system June 1
- The Warrior Transition Command-wide program transforms the whiteboard-and-paper goal-setting process into personalized electronic databases
- This is the first step in the automation of the CTP process we use already
- Warriors' initial goal-setting results along with their plans created at the CTP scrim-mages will all be entered into the database
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Warriors' comprehensive transition plans received a new look and system June 1 as the automated CTP system officially began.
The Warrior Transition Command-wide program transforms the whiteboard-and-paper goal-setting process into personalized electronic databases, allowing goals and re-sources to be more formally re-corded and tracked.
"This is the first step in the automation of the CTP process we use already," said Lt. Col. Steve Hickenbottom, ACTP coordinator.
Phase one of the automated CTPs covers three major areas. For one, the ACTP allows all commander risk assessment elements to be automated, electronically notifying medical and leadership components when a new Warrior needs a risk assessment completed.
In addition, Warriors' initial goal-setting results along with their plans created at the CTP scrim-mages will all be entered into the database. Resources needed to assist with SoldiersAca,!A, goals will be tasked via the Army Knowledge Center from the ACTP, formalizing a process already in place and creating a more active resource system by notifying experts directly of just which resources each Warrior needs, Hickenbottom said. The ACTP also tracks completions of goals, and can create action plans from commander and self-assessments (for example recommending a visit to the chap-lain if family issues arise).
A third new component that the ACTP brings is the opportunity for every Warrior to conduct weekly self-assessments, which will be re-viewed with their squad leaders and nurse case managers in their weekly meetings. "I think this is an exceptionally useful tool... the Soldier has to sit down and self-evaluate in different areas," Hickenbottom said. "The beauty of it is you're actually asking Soldiers in a formalized, recordable manner what their status is... this is going to be a system of record."
The self-assessments will add structure to SoldiersAca,!A, current weekly meetings with their nurse case man-agers and to their weekly counseling sessions with leadership (which are in addition to their current daily contacts).
"It's their opportunity to have a voice, where they never had a formalized voice before. It's the opportunity to quantify where they stand each week and what they need to get better," Hickenbottom said.
The ACTP is based on the CTP program developed at the Warrior Transition Battalion here; the WTB is one of eight pilot sites throughout the WTC, and contributed to feed-back during the development of the program.
The ACTP also allows the WTC and other command elements to have greater oversight of WarriorsAca,!A, CTPs and overall trends.
Planners are already working on version two of the ACTP, which will ultimately incorporate all elements of the CTP, Hickenbottom said.
"We're just asking for everyone's patience and help in identifying what the problems are and knowing how to work around them when necessary to make the system work properly," he said.