D.B.A. Baker College (Michigan), 2013.
Specialization: Organizationl behavior; Behavioral sciences
A phenomenological study of soldiers in the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Unit (WTU)
134 pages. UMI #: AAT 3552649
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The assignment or attachment of the nations' wounded, ill, or injured to warrior transition units (WTUs) has not been without challenges. As the foreign wars continue, the number of service members wounded, ill, or injured will continue to rise. Despite this, limited research has been conducted on the medical care and administrative services rendered to wounded warriors. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the perceived experiences, satisfaction, and needs of wounded warriors assigned or attached to the WTU at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Theoretical support for this study was Schein's culture model and Maslow's theory of motivation and hierarchy of needs. The research questions examined the perceptions and beliefs of wounded warriors regarding the quality of medical care and administrative services rendered, and what changes are needed to improve the overall quality of services rendered. Data collection involved semi structured, in-depth interviews. The interviews were recorded with permission, transcribed, and coded to derive themes and patterns based on participants' responses. The findings of this study have the potential to influence current Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Care and Transition policies and supplement other data to assist the WTU triad of leadership and the triad of care in ensuring wounded warriors are able to successfully rehabilitate and seamlessly transition from the military to civilian life or return to the force.