I am going to the Fort Bragg WTB because of some intermittent issues with my vision and cognition/memory. I want to be retained and know that I can do my job (14E ADA). How long does the whole process usually take? What will I be doing while I'm there? Any input will be appreciated.
Posted 3 y ago
While I was in the WTB at Ft. Lewis our main task was to be at our appointments, especially, with the IDES (Integrated Disability Evaluation System) process. This is how they determine if you are fit/unfit for duty. You’ll be assign a PEBLO at this time. And of course just like any unit, there’s PT in the moring but not the usual. It’s replaced with a Adaptive Reconditioning Program which includes yoga, power stretching, strength and conditioning, air rifle/pistol, aquatics (might be different at Bragg) because we had even had shark diving at our local aquarium count as time towards your ARP time (we had to have 150 mins a week). You’ll have a care triad that consists of a Nurse case manager, social worker, primary and primary care manager. You’ll see you PCM every month regardless if you need to or not. Same thing with social worker, just a check in. Nurse case manager is weekly, she’ll help you set up any kind of referrals you need without having to see your PCM. She’s got the hook ip so be nice to you NCM. WTB Soldiers get priority with appointments so missing them also comes at a price. In our case, it was a field grade art 15 after 3. Which is REALLY easy with as many appointments as they set you up and sometimes they can be back to back, or appointments they make for you without you knowing. I missed quite a few appointments but luckily, the provider was very understanding and never put it in as a no show. Once the chaos of appointments die down, you’ll the opportunity to take classes, participate in other recreational activities the WTB has lined. Take advantage of what they have to offer. But most importantly, take this time to take a knee and concentrate on yourself. Sometimes as Soldiers we always focus on mission first. At the WTB, getting you back in fight or transitioning is the mission at hand. Use your time wisely.
SPC Ben Loud, at a WTB your sole goal is to heal. Your primary mission is to make all your appointments on time. Some may be off base at the VA. You will be required to do PT within the limits of your profile (they are a lot more versitile than your standard units.) There are also other activities you can choose to take part of to include social events meeting on a weekly basis and should you be granted the opportunity you can take classes for certifications and the likes or even do an internship so long as you are meeting all other requirements. I was at the Fort Belvoir WTB from 2015- 2016 though things may have changed.
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