Embarking on your journey through the Army Recovery Care Program (ARCP) not only focuses on your physical and emotional well-being but also empowers you with tailored career planning opportunities through the Warrior Care and Transition program. Whether you're contemplating a return to duty or transitioning to civilian life, understanding Career and Education Readiness (CER) within this framework is essential. Explore the diverse array of options available to you as you navigate your path forward, ensuring a seamless transition aligned with your aspirations and capabilities.

What is Career and Education Readiness?

Career and Education Readiness (CER) is a pivotal component of your transition journey within the Soldier Recovery Units (SRUs). Whether you're charting a course to Remain in the Army or transitioning out, the ARCP provides an array of resources to support your career and education aspirations. Activities under CER encompass internships, vocational training, continuing education, and Remain in the Army Work Assignments (RIAWA).

Who is Eligible for CER?

Participation in CER activities is contingent upon assessment by both Medical Management (M2) and the SRU Commander. M2 evaluates your medical, emotional, and physical readiness, while the SRU Commander gauges your initiative and self-discipline for CER engagement. Key personnel involved in CER include: Transition Coordinator (TC), Occupational Therapist (OT), Nurse Care Manager (NCM), Squad Leader (SL), and Medical Management (M2).

External entities like Operation Warfighter Regional Coordinators, VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Counselors, and Department of Labor Disabled Veteran Outreach Personnel may also contribute to your CER journey.

When Does the CER Process Occur?

Your introduction to CER begins with a briefing from your Transition Coordinator during intake. Eligibility is established throughout the rehabilitation and reintegration phases. Collaborating with your Interdisciplinary Team (IDT), you'll set career goals and select a CER activity aligned with your Comprehensive Recovery Plan (CRP) track and aspirations.

Learn more about the vital role of Transition Coordinators for SRU Soldiers here.

How Do Soldiers Choose Their CER Activity?

Once deemed eligible, you'll collaborate closely with your Occupational Therapist and Transition Coordinator to define your CER goals. Your chosen activity should seamlessly integrate with your CRP track and career objectives.

Where Can I Find More Information?

Explore the following fact sheets and resources for your career planning journey:

Your career and education readiness are fundamental to your success beyond the Army. The ARCP is here to support you every step of the way.



Discover a variety of internship programs tailored to support the career aspirations and personal growth of Soldiers participating in the Army Recovery Care Program (ARCP). These opportunities provide invaluable experiences, skill development, and networking connections to help Soldiers transition successfully into civilian life.

Approved Internship Programs for SRU Soldiers

  • Operation Warfighter (OWF) Non-Paid Federal Internship Program. Engage in non-paid federal internships through Operation Warfighter (OWF), designed to facilitate the reintegration of wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers into the civilian workforce. Explore diverse career opportunities and gain valuable federal government work experience.
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) Federal Internship Program. Participate in non-paid work experience internships with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), contributing to meaningful projects and initiatives while preparing for civilian employment. Contribute your unique skills and perspectives to support fellow veterans and their families.
  • Army Career Skills Program (CSP). Participate in the Army CSP to gain civilian job skills and explore employment interests. This program offers a pathway to meaningful employment opportunities and supports your transition into the civilian workforce.

Benefits of Internships for SRU Soldiers

Internships within the ARCP support Soldiers' rehabilitation and reintegration by providing meaningful work experiences and assisting in building a structured workday. Upon determination of Career and Education Readiness (CER) eligibility, Soldiers can align internship opportunities with their Comprehensive Recovery Plan (CRP) track and career goals.


Express interest in completing an internship to your Transition Coordinator and continue working with them throughout the process. Ensure you meet the medical readiness criteria and have a completed resume and required forms ready for participation.


Soldiers participating in internships can expect to engage in meaningful activities that promote wellness, explore employment interests, develop civilian job skills, and reintegrate into the civilian workforce. Internship experiences also enhance understanding of the transferability of military skills to civilian employment and contribute to building a comprehensive resume.


Internship durations vary, typically lasting a few months with an average commitment of 15-20 hours per week. Soldiers should plan to dedicate a minimum of four weeks to the position as a courtesy to the agency host. Participation timelines are coordinated based on the Soldier's medical appointments and the agency's requirements.


  • Soldiers continue to receive Army pay while participating in internships and are not compensated by the internship agency.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are protected during internship participation with proper paperwork submitted to the SSA Case Manager.
  • Permanent employment options may be explored with the internship agency or through federal employment opportunities available via USAJobs.
Embrace the opportunity to participate in internships as part of your journey towards a fulfilling civilian career. Engage actively, set SMART career goals, and maximize the resources available to you through the ARCP to make the most of your internship experience.


Explore additional internship programs tailored to support your career aspirations and personal growth. These opportunities offer valuable experiences, skill development, and networking connections to aid in your successful transition into civilian life.

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