Measuring the Success of Warrior Transition Units
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In April 2007, the U.S. Army Medical Command MEDCOM established the first Warrior Transition Unit WTU to facilitate improvements in care for the Armys wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. Since then, 35 WTUs and nine Community Based Warrior Transition Units CBWTU have been established around the country. The continued success of any unit requires a constant assessment and analysis of effectiveness. The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate that the MEDCOM should use evidence based outcomes measures of effectiveness to measure the success of Warrior Transition Units WTU. Civilian case management benchmarks for measuring outcomes can be effectively employed to measure WTU success rates. Military specific outcomes metrics must also be employed to measure organizational effectiveness. Military specific measures include return to duty rates, medical evaluation board processing times, and post-deployment social functioning. This essay will also provide support for the argument that by using evidence based outcomes metrics to measure the overall success of WTUs, the MEDCOM will have clear, standardized evidence that its resources are improving the lives of Soldiers.
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