Warrior Transition Unit Cadre

Tuesday January 15, 2008

What is it? The Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) cadre make sure Warriors in Transition (WTs) are well cared for and receive the medical treatment, services, and support needed during recovery. The Army's Warrior Ethos describes it best: "Never Leave a Fallen Comrade."

Here's how:
- Encourage WTs to focus on healing.
- Get Soldiers to medical appointments, therapy sessions and on track with treatment plans.
- Lead WTs through the full spectrum of administrative and family support services, like pay, housing, benefits, transportation, vocational training, and life skills coaching.
- Provide meaningful duties for WTs able to participate.

What has the Army done? The Army has assigned top-notch staff and cadre to manage the 35 activated WTUs, and nine Community Based Health Organizations (CBHCOs). These specially designed activities provide holistic care to wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, and their Families.
Better than ever:
- Approved special duty pay for Squad Leaders and Platoon Sergeants.
- Trained cadre in specialty skills for serving their fellow Soldiers in need.
- Increased promotion opportunities for cadre members serving in WTUs.
- Stabilized cadre tour assignments to ensure continuity for WTs.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? Plans call for cadre training improvements. With that, WTs and cadre will be able to provide feedback to the Army, as a way to help develop better care and treatment delivery for future WTs. Topping the list are increased professional development and training opportunities for cadre members.

Why is this important to the Army? Soldiers are the best advocates for their Soldiers. They can help guide Warriors and Families, in need of healing, through the benefits and services process. Since more than 70 percent of Soldiers who are wounded, ill, and injured have the potential to return to military duty, the Army needs the WTU cadre to help maintain the military environment while providing compassionate service to their fellow Soldier. The Army has made a commitment to serve each of these Soldiers and their Families for life, and vows never to violate the Warrior Ethos: "Never Leave a Fallen Comrade."

- Warrior Transition Unit Cadre

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • U.S. Army chief in Europe to run NATO Afghan unit (EB | NYT)
  • Unit's new training reflects Iraq changes (AT)
  • Army officer is cleared in Abu Ghraib scandal (WP)
  • Army sets wear-out date for uniform items (AT)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • President offers message of hope to troops in Kuwait (ARNews)
  • Attack at luxury hotel in Kabul kills at least 6 (WP)
  • Iraq Defense Minister sees need for U.S. security help until 2018 (EB | NYT)
  • Rangers describe bloody raid on al-Qaida house (AT)
  • Musharraf: vote disrupters will be shot (BG)

OF INTEREST

  • Soldier who survived bomb dies in car crash (AT)
  • PaCom woos China (DN)
  • Soldier gets 13 years for drunken driving (AT)
  • World-class boxer trains at Fort Jackson, learns ropes (ARNews)
  • Sensors may lead to faster treatment for traumatic brain injuries (DL)

WORLD VIEW

  • Bush to discuss Iran with Saudis (BBC | Story)
  • Rice goes to Iraq to push for reconciliation (ID | Story)
  • U.S., Egypt grow farther apart (MEO | Story)
  • U.S. rejects Chavez's call to remove Colombian rebels from terrorist list (CV | Story)
  • Bush uses Abu Dhabi speech to escalate threats against Iran (CC | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Be an angel (BF)
  • Atequellah (TS)
  • When to surrender? (KD)
  • Coalition forces, Iraqi army work together to clear out Al-Qaida (TT)

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