Career and Education Readiness
Each wounded, ill, or injured Soldier focuses on short and long-term career goals during his/her time in the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU), and these goals are a significant piece of each Soldier’s Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP). Whether the Soldier is returning to the force, changing to a new Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), or separating from the Army, he/she has the opportunity to enhance existing skills and develop new skills while assigned to a WTU.
Part of each Soldier’s CTP will focus on career objectives. In addition to medical appointments and physical fitness, Soldiers will devote much of their time in the WTU to achieving work plans that align to their CTP career track, and they will work closely with their nurse case managers, squad leaders, and occupational therapists in outlining these goals.
The two Soldier career tracks are:
Remain In the Army
- Return to Duty
Soldiers on the “return to duty” track will focus on refresher training for current MOS skills and additional Army training for Soldier skills, warrior skills, and physical fitness. Some Soldiers planning to return to duty can also complete an internship through an Army program on the WTU installation or with another federal agency.
- Return to Duty with a New Military Occupational Specialty
Soldiers planning to return to the force with a new MOS will begin training for the new MOS while in the WTU. These Soldiers will also complete additional Army training for Soldier skills, warrior skills, and physical fitness. Internships and certifications may be particularly beneficial to Soldiers on this track.
- Continue on Active Duty (COAD) / Continue on Active Reserve (COAR)
The proponent for Continuation on Active Duty (COAD)/ Continuation on Active Reserve (COAR) is the U.S. Army, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. Soldiers found unfit for duty by a Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) may be eligible to apply for COAD/COAR regardless of the extent of their injuries.
Transition from the Army
- Transition from the Army
Soldiers on the transition into Veteran status track should spend their time in the WTU preparing for civilian careers. Many programs are available to help Soldiers develop pertinent skills, write civilian résumés, pursue an academic degree or certification, and intern with military and civilian federal agencies.
Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Career and Education Section
Through the AW2 Career and Education Section , WTC provides personalized career and education counseling to the Army’s most severely wounded, ill, or injured Soldiers, Veterans, and Families. This professional team:
- Organizes Career Expos for AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Family members
- Facilitates relationships with potential employers and educational programs
- Provides assistance to AW2 Veterans and spouses searching for employment, such as résumé writing and preparing for interviews
Career and Education Readiness
Learn more about specific career, employment, and internship programs available to Soldiers.
Learn more about specific education programs available to Soldiers.
Learn more about hiring Soldiers as interns at federal agencies or severely wounded Veterans who have separated from the Army.