WASHINGTON -- The Army announced today the restructure of its Warrior Care and Transition Program which will result in updated policy and procedures to simplify entry criteria, streamline processes and focus resources to foster an environment at the unit level that will serve individual Soldiers' unique needs.

This redesign is the result of a comprehensive review by the Army to identify areas for improvement. The Army has established one complex care entry criteria for all Soldiers (Active Duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard) based on the need for complex case management. Soldiers requiring non-complex care will be managed remotely. Reserve Soldiers will use the Remote Medical Managed Care program and Guard Soldiers will be enrolled in Reserve Component Managed Care. Both programs will have identical criteria for entry.

"As the Army's premiere program that cares for wounded, ill and injured Active Duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers, this restructure tailors services to fit the unique needs of every Soldier," said Col. Curtis Douglass, Deputy Chief of Staff for Warrior Care and Transition, U.S. Army Medical Command. "The Army's greatest asset is our people and we are firmly committed to taking care of our Soldiers."

By simplifying the entry criteria, the Army improves efficiencies in processes and removes barriers allowing the Army to provide care to Soldiers, regardless of component. These reforms will also enable leaders and staff to focus on complex care management, while improving readiness and non-deployable rates.

Going forward, the Army Warrior Care and Transition Program will be recognized as the Army Recovery Care Program. Warrior Transition Battalions will be recognized as Soldier Recovery Units.

The new program's motto is, "Recover and Overcome," which reflects the program's core intention for all wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. Every step, large or small, towards recovery requires formidable determination, and this program is here to provide essential support and resources.

For more information contact the Warrior Care and Transition Program public affairs officer, Ms. Julia Oliveri, julia.l.oliveri.civ@mail.mil, 703-571- 2761.