Comprehensive Transition Plan

Monday November 16, 2009

What is it?

The Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP) is a personal goal setting process being implemented for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers who are assigned to one of the Army's Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) or Community-Based WTUs (CBWTUs). The CTP provides a focused, goal-oriented roadmap for recovery and transition that speeds healing and sets the Soldier and Family up for future success after the clinical aspects of the rehabilitation are complete. Established individually by each Soldier and Family with the full support of the WTU leadership and health care providers, the CTP helps the Soldier and Family take ownership of the recovery and transition process to achieve a future that they themselves define-not one defined by the injury or illness.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Medical Command has established policy guidance for the implementation of the CTP, and has directed that Soldiers assigned or attached to a WTU will begin their CTP within the first 30 days of assignment. Each CTP should include all dimensions of the Soldier's life: health, profession, military, education, personal, spiritual and family. The Soldier is supported by the chain of command, including the squad leader, the nurse case manager, the primary care physician, and the unit's occupational therapy and social worker staff. Together they establish realistic goals and milestones that reflect the Soldier's aspirations and abilities. While support from the chain of command is critical, the policy stresses that the CTP is "the Soldier's plan," and that Soldiers are accountable for meeting their goals.

What is planned for the future?

The Warrior Transition Command (WTC), the Army's proponent headquarters for Warrior Care and Transition, is in the process of standardizing and optimizing the implementation of the CTP for WTUs and CBWTUs. The command is working on an automated, Web-based platform for the CTP process, and is staffing force structure changes to add personnel to WTU headquarters to manage the CTP administrative requirements. A family support module is also being incorporated into the CTP design to address the specific needs of families and caregivers.

Why is it important to the Army?

The CTP helps motivate wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their families take ownership of their recovery process by charting a course of personal goals that culminates in a successful transition-either back to duty or into the civilian community as a proud veteran.

Resources:

Army's Warrior Transition Command

U.S. Army MEDCOM AKO Portal

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