Warrior Transition Units are essential in helping wounded, ill and injured Soldiers heal…but there are some common misconceptions. We’re here to set the record straight and bust some common myths.


Myth 1: The WTU is a luxury resort

WTU Soldiers are not on vacation. Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers work incredibly hard to overcome obstacles on their road to recovery. Working with their Triad of Care, Soldiers create a Comprehensive Transition Plan and set goals across six domains: career, physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family.

Myth 2: My life is over

Every wounded, ill or injured Soldier that enters a WTU has unique challenges to overcome, but they are not alone. Each Soldier has a dedicated team made up of a nurse case manager, primary care manager and squad leader, helping to guide them through their recovery. There are also a number of adaptive reconditioning activities Soldiers can get involved in such as: healing arts, adaptive sports such as wheelchair basketball, archery and shooting, music and more. These activities help Soldiers adjust to their ‘new normal’. Read how adaptive reconditioning turned Sgt. 1st Class Samantha Goldenstein into a fierce competitor. Want to get involved? Check out some of the adaptive reconditioning activities available.

Myth 3: The WTU is a career ender

Did you know that 46 percent of WTU Soldiers return to duty? Whether a Soldier is returning to duty or transitioning to veteran status, WTUs are here to guide them through the process.

Myth 4: The WTU is for combat wounded Soldiers only

The WTU works with both combat and non-combat related injuries, as well as Soldiers that have become seriously ill. Read the WTU entry criteria for more information.

Myth 5: Entering the WTU makes a Soldier weak

Step into a WTU and it doesn’t take long to see the courage and strength of our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. By facing their challenges head on, with the help of a supportive team, Soldiers are able to surprise, even themselves, on what they can accomplish. Read how one Soldier remained resilient after becoming injured while serving abroad.