Army Recovery Care Program (ARCP) (formerly known as Warrior Care and Transition Program)

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

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The Army Recovery Care Program (ARCP) transitions soldiers back to the force and/or to Veteran status, through a comprehensive program of medical case management/rehabilitation management, professional development and achievement of personal goals.

ARCP provides policy oversight to the 14 Soldier Recovery Units (SRU) located on military installations across the country. SRUs manage the recovery of wounded, ill and injured soldiers requiring complex care. The program also provides resources and advocacy for families and caregivers of soldiers recovering in the program. More than 80,000 soldiers have received ARCP services since its inception in 2007.


Each wounded, ill or injured Soldier works with a Triad of Care that coordinates their care with other clinical and non-clinical professionals. The SRU is designed to provide complex case management for soldiers who meet the ARCP single-entry criteria. Soldiers meeting the single-entry criteria are eligible to receive all available ARCP resources.

SRU Single-Entry Criteria:

  • Soldier has, or is anticipated to receive, a profile of more than six months duration, with duty limitations that preclude the soldier from training or contributing to unit mission accomplishment; the complexity of the soldier's condition requires clinical case management.


  • The soldier's psychological condition is evaluated by a qualified licensed medical or behavioral health provider as posing a substantial danger to self or others if soldier remains in the parent unit.

NOTE: The Triad of Leadership will review applications according to standard timelines. Entry decisions for soldiers assigned to SRU installations will be made no later than 14 training days after the SRU receives the packet.

Benefit Highlights

The ARCP is designed to manage the recovery of wounded, ill and injured soldiers requiring complex care at a Soldier Recovery Unit (SRU). The program also provides resources and advocacy for families and caregivers of soldiers recovering in the program.

Soldiers recovering in an SRU follow a Comprehensive Recovery Plan, establishing goals in six domains:

  • Career

  • Physical

  • Social

  • Family

  • Emotional

  • Spiritual and Resilience

    When a soldier enters the program, they work with a dedicated team of professionals at the SRU to assess their needs and establish goals for recovery. SRUs place soldiers on three tracks moving the soldier through the CRP processes. Additionally, SRUs provide tailored resources to fit the recovery needs and career goals of the soldier to either return them to duty or transition them to Veteran status.

    ARCP ensures SRUs are equipped to execute the program mission by synchronizing policy, advocacy and planning in the following areas:

    • Adaptive Reconditioning

    • Career & Education Programs

    • Clinical Support

    • Family & Caregiver Support

    • Staff Development

    • Recovery Care Coordination

    There are 14 SRUs located on military installations across the country: Fort Belvoir, VA; Fort Meade, MD; Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Liberty, NC; Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Carson, CO; Fort Drum, NY; Fort Cavazos, TX; Fort Riley, KS; Fort Stewart, GA; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; Joint Base San Antonio, TX; Schofield Barracks, HI; and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, MD.

    Comprehensive Recovery Plan 
    Soldiers recovering in an SRU follow a Comprehensive Recovery Plan (CRP). The CRP is a dynamic plan of actions, focusing on the soldier’s future. The CRP establishes goals that are mapped to the soldier’s transition plan, in six domains: career, physical, emotional, social, family, spiritual and Resilience.

    Complex Care
    Complex Care focuses on medical management of the soldier to the Medical Retention Determination Point (MRDP). When soldiers reach MRDP they move to either the Veteran phase or Return to Duty phase.

    Veteran Track
    The Veteran Track platoon focuses on career and education readiness and provides resources that prepare soldiers for a transition to Veteran status.

    ARCP partners with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure Soldiers have immediate access to all VA benefits and healthcare programs once they enter Veteran status through the Army Recovery Care Coordination.

    Return to Duty
    The Return to Duty phase prepares soldiers to either return to their previous unit or to move to their next duty assignment.

    ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Remote Medical Management (RM2)

    RM2 is a program that provides medical case management for medically non-complex Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers who are authorized continued evaluation and/or treatment while on active duty orders, but who do not meet ARCP single-entry criteria. RM2 soldiers complete their medical treatment in their home communities on an active duty order. RM2 soldiers are attached to the SRU closest to their home community and are managed by a SRU nurse case manager and squad leader. RM2 soldiers are not eligible for the full program benefits afforded to soldiers who meet the SRU single-entry criteria.

    RM2 Eligibility:

    (a) The soldier’s medical condition is incurred or aggravated in the line of duty (LOD)

    (b) There is a need for evaluation, treatment, and/or disability evaluation processing while in an active duty status

    (c) The soldier’s condition requires definitive care. Definitive care is defined as a specific treatment plan of greater than 30 days, which has been reviewed and validated by a military medical authority. The treatment plan is expected to direct progress towards the Medical Retention Determination Point (MRDP) and either return the soldier to duty or begin the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) process.

    (d) The soldier’s condition(s) must prevent the soldier from performing his or her Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), Area of Concentration (AOC), or at least one of the functional activities listed on the DA Form 3349, which all soldiers must perform regardless of MOS or AOC.

    Additional Information

    For more information, please visit the Army Recovery Care Program webpage maintained by the Department of the Army:

    Army Regulation 40- 58 (Army Recovery Care Program):

    Online Resource for Americans with Disabilities:

    Document Review Date: 28 May 2024