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Comprehensive Transition Plan

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What is it?

The Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP) is a personal goal setting process that is implemented and individualized for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers in Warrior Transition Battalions (WTBs). This dynamic, living plan of action focuses on the Soldier’s future using six domains: career, physical, emotional, social, Family and spiritual to establish goals that map a Soldier’s transition plan

This process allows Soldiers to customize their recovery plan as they work towards returning to duty or transitioning from the Army. As the owner of the CTP, each Soldier is empowered to take charge of their own transition, developing and achieving their goals while complying with medical and military responsibilities.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) established policy guidance for the implementation of the CTP and has directed that Soldiers assigned or attached to a Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) will begin their CTP within the first 30 days of assignment. The Army created six overlapping processes to facilitate the plan:

(1) In-processing - begins once a wounded, ill and injured Soldier is assigned or attached to Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) or a Community Care Unit (CCU).

(2) Goal Setting - process guides the Soldier and their Family in the development of short-term goals that support their overarching transition/outcome goal.

(3) Transition Review - provides the commander and interdisciplinary team an opportunity to review the Soldier’s goals and progress with a focus on identifying and resolving issues that may impede goal attainment.

(4) Rehabilitation - Soldiers actively work to accomplish self-identified transition goals as outlined in their CTP.

(5) Reintegration - process specifically prepares each Soldier and their Family for a successful transition back to the force or to civilian life as a Veteran.

(6) Post-Transition - is the period after a Soldier exits the WTU/CCU is considered post-transition.

Through this system and help from the squad leader, the nurse case manager, the primary care physician, and the unit’s occupational therapy and social work staff, the Soldier is able to establish realistic goals and milestones reflecting the Soldier’s aspirations and abilities.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

Warrior Care and Transition is in the process of:

  • Overhauling the CTP goal setting process to make it more individualized and tailored for the Soldier.
  • Improving the domain model and creating a virtual hand-off between the Department of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs for continuation of care from active duty to veteran status.

Why is this important to the Army?

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


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