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COMPETE AS A SOLDIER-ATHLETE

Through Army funding, WCAP Soldiers receive specialized coaching, access to state-of-the-art training venues, sports medicine treatment, and physical therapy. Most importantly, Army athletes have the opportunity to participate at top national and international competitions—including the summer and winter Olympics.

WCAP has established training centers throughout the country specializing in boxing, wrestling, modern pentathlon, and more. Depending on their sport, athletes are assigned a training location, usually near a college or sports club known for its success in preparing athletes for major competitions.

Beyond athletic commitments, WCAP Soldiers inspire the public and their fellow Soldiers through a variety of outreach activities. They speak to high school and college students, hold clinics, mentor young athletes, and make appearances in support of Army recruiting efforts. 

WORLD CLASS ATHLETE PROGRAM SPORTS

WCAP accepts athletes from all major Olympic and Paralympic sports including:

  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Taekwondo
  • Track & Field
  • Winter Sports
  • Wrestling
  • Paralympic Sports
  • Archery
  • Shooting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Triathlon

REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN WCAP

WCAP gives all members of the Army (Active Duty, Army Reserve, and National Guard) equal opportunity to be selected, but athletes must meet some basic requirements to be considered:

  • Must be in good military standing
  • Must complete Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individualized Training (AIT)
  • Must hold a national or international ranking from the governing body of his or her sporting event
  • Must hold a United States Olympic Committee World Class Certification

Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers who are selected for the program will be placed on Active Duty. All prospective athletes will be admitted into the program at least three years before Olympic trials begin.

For more information or to start an application, visit the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program website

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