The U.S. Army's tarnished Warrior Transition Units provide some insight into problems within the all-volunteer force.
On 18 February 2007 the Washington Post began a series of articles chronicling problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The writers acknowledged that "the hospital is a place of scrubbed-down order and daily miracles, with medical advances saving more soldiers than ever." But saving lives and limbs was not the focus; rather, it was the failure of the military to provide follow-on care for wounded, ill, and injured service members. In that failure could be heard a shaming echo from the Vietnam War era.