Education and Training
Soldiers should look closely at their long-term career goals and consider what type of degree, training, licensure, or certification would help them prepare to compete for jobs in their chosen field. Nurse case managers, squad leaders, occupational therapists, and WTU career counselors can provide assistance on this decision.
Many Soldiers pursue educational opportunities through Army schools, traditional universities (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels), online universities, community colleges, and vocational schools.
Some federal resources to fund education opportunities include:
- Army Continuing Education System
- Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support
- VA Montgomery G.I. Bill
- VA Post-9/11 G.I. Bill
- VA Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
- VA Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Soldiers continuing in their current Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Soldiers should use their time assigned to the WTU to complete required Army training so they can easily navigate back to their existing job. Those transitioning to a new MOS should complete training programs required for the new MOS. For Soldiers on both CTP tracks, this includes general warrior training, Soldier skills training, correspondence courses for Non-Commissioned Officer Education System schools, and physical training.
More information about specific Army training is available online through the Army Training Support Center. (Note: AKO Login required)
Licensures and Certifications
Many Soldiers pursue professional licenses and certifications as they prepare for transition. Licensures are usually granted by federal or state government agencies and grant the recipient permission to practice in a particular profession, usually after a rigorous examination. Certifications are usually granted by educational entities or professional associations and validate the recipient’s expertise in a particular subject area.
Soldiers interested in pursuing licensures and certifications should work closely with their nurse case managers, squad leaders, and occupational therapists and research which options are available in their chosen field.