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Continue on Active Duty or Active Reserve


"The opportunity to continue to serve the Army and the nation remains an option for severely wounded, injured and ill Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Soldiers who choose to go COAD (Continue on Active Duty). It doesn’t matter if you lost a limb, suffered vision or spinal cord impairments, experienced severe burns or have other disabilities. You can continue to serve in our Army! … I’m forever thankful that the Army has provided wounded warriors the option to continue proudly serving themselves, the Army and our nation."

- Col. Greg Gadson, director, Army Wounded Warrior Program


" What we're trying to do is get the spouses of the drill sergeants, male and female, to come out and get a taste of what their husbands or wives do for a living ... and maybe reinforce that sense of pride ... in what their drill sergeants do and what they've accomplished…It may help with the resiliency of that family, to (help) get through some of the long days and nights a drill sergeant has."

- Lt. Col. Charles Krumwiede, commander, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment believes that allowing the spouses to gain a situational awareness of what their Soldiers do on a daily basis may, in turn, help their families grow stronger.

Spouses demonstrate true grit: 165th Infantry Brigade family members experience BCT for a day


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Continue on Active Duty or Active Reserve

What is it?

The Army's program that provides an opportunity for many severely wounded, injured and ill Soldiers to continue to serve in the Army on active-duty (COAD) or on active reserve (COAR).

What has the Army done?

The Army wants Soldiers to have the option of continuing their service - despite severity of wounds, injury or illness. Soldiers who are severely wounded in action and later found unfit for duty by a Physical Evaluation Board and Medical Evaluation Board may still apply for Continuation on Active Duty (COAD) /Continuation on Active Reserve (COAR) regardless of the extent of their injuries.

To be eligible for COAD/COAR, a Soldier must meet at least one of the following requirements:

. Has served 15-20 years of service for COAD or 15-20 qualifying years of service for non-regular retirement for COAR

. Is qualified in a critical skill or shortage Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)

. Has a disability as a result of combat or terrorism

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army recognizes the skills, strengths and sacrifices that severely wounded, injured and ill Soldiers have contributed to the Army AND realizes that these wounded warriors can continue to contribute their numerous skills and talents to the fight. The Army is stronger when inclusive of our wounded warriors.

Want to learn more about AW2 and COAD/COAR

More than 180 AW2 advocates assist and support an expanding population of 8,000+ severely wounded, injured and ill AW2 Soldiers, veterans and their families 'for as long as it takes'. Advocates are located throughout the country - and overseas - where there are large concentrations of AW2 Soldiers at VA Polytrauma Centers, VA facilities, Military Treatment Facilities and most Army military installations. Advocates provide assistance with day-to-day issues in recovery, as well as longer-term decisions, such as choosing to remain in the Army or to medically retire.


Army Wounded Warrior Program website

FAQ's on COAD/COAR process

Army Wounded Warrior Program Call Center - 1-800-237-1336


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