World Class Athlete Program (WCAP)
The United States Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) is one of more than 200 Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs the Army provides Soldiers and families worldwide through the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center.
WCAP identifies exceptional Soldier-athletes and provides them the opportunity to compete in national and international events that lead to qualifying for the United States Olympic team. A Soldier selected for the WCAP must hold a national ranking from the governing body of his chosen sport and be certified as world class level by the United States Olympic Committee.
Through Army funding, WCAP soldier-athletes receive the best possible coaching, access to training venues, and state-of-the-art sports medicine, as well as opportunities to participate in top national and international competitions including the Olympic Games and national governing body amateur championships.
WCAP offers all members of the Army (Active, Reserve and National Guard) the same opportunity for selection. All soldiers must be in good military standing. Enlisted members must have completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training. All officers must have completed their branch Basic Officer Course. Selected Reserve and National Guard members will be brought on Active Duty to participate in the program. WCAP initiates soldiers into the program at least three years before the Olympic Trials. Soldiers applying for the program must demonstrate the ability to maintain a high national ranking in their specific sport.
Without a doubt, you will receive exceptional training from some of the country's best coaches and trainers. The Army has its own established training centers for sports such as boxing, wrestling and modern pentathlon. If you're involved with another sport, you will be assigned to a location, usually near a college or club with a proven record in international competition, where you will receive the best possible training. Assigned coaches may be civilian or military.
For more information or to initiate an application, contact the following:
Contact the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program by calling (877) 410-3537