U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program
|U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program|
World Class Athlete Program
|Active||1997 – present|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Army|
|Part of||Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command|
The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) is a military unit whose primary mission is to support nationally and internationally ranked soldiers in participating on the U.S. Olympic team. The program is headquartered at Fort Carson, Colorado.
According to the U.S. Army, WCAP provides active duty, national guard and reserve soldiers the opportunity to train and compete at national and international sports competitions with the ultimate goal of selection to the United States Olympic Team and Paralympic Games, while maintaining a professional military career and promoting the U.S. Army.
Any soldier-athlete (Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve) may apply for selection provided:
- Soldier is in good military standing
- The sport the soldier is applying for is an Olympic Sport
- Soldier has completed Advanced Individual Training (enlisted) or Officer Basic Course (officer)
- Soldier meets sport specific entry standards, which normally consists of attaining a high national ranking or being selected to a US National Team for international competition
- WCAP is not a developmental program; it targets athletes who have achieved world class status in their sport.
- Sergeant First Class Dremiel Byers, Greco-Roman wrestling, 120kg
- Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, rapid fire pistol
- Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski, pistol
- Staff Sgt. John Nunn, 50 km racewalk
- SPC Justin Lester, Greco-Roman wrestling
- Sgt. Spenser Mango, Greco-Roman wrestling
- SPC Dennis Bowsher, Modern Pentathlon
- SGT Jeremy Teela (Biathlon)
- -10k Sprint
- SGT John Napier (Bobsled)
- -4-man USA Sled II Pilot
- 1LT Christopher Fogt (Bobsled)
- -4-man USA Sled II Brakeman
- SGT William Tavares (Team USA Bobsled Coach)
- MAJ Michael Anti (Shooting)
- -50m Rifle Competition
- SSG Dremiel Byers (Greco-Roman Wrestling)
- SSG Keith Sanderson (Shooting)
- -Rapid Fire Pistol competition
- MAJ David Johnson (Team USA Shooting Coach)
Other notable WCAP alumni
- CAPTAIN Boyd Melson (Boxing)
- "U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program". thearmywcap.com.
- Army Regulation 215–1 Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. army.mil
- "WCAP Entry Standards". thearmywcap.com.
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- "Bobsledding Soldiers attention turns to Olympic four-man event". Army.mil. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
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- "Melson wins U.S. boxing quarterfinals". USA Today. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- Pearce, Kelly (27 November 1996). "Army brings elite athlete program to Fort Carson". Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph.
- WCAP Selection Standards
- Eligibility and Application Procedures for the Army World Class Athlete Program
- US Army WCAP Official Website
- US Army Olympians
- Seven Soldiers, Alums, Make Team USA for Olympic Winter Games
- Army Regulation 215–1 Morale, Welfare, and Recreation