Application Standards

*Please note that the following Entry Standards are subject to change and subject to the discretion of the World Class Athlete Program.  Meeting an entry standard does not necessarily guarantee entry into the World Class Athlete Program.  For sports not listed below, use the information as a guideline for your sport. For any questions or comments, please contact the World Class Athlete Program. 

1. The Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) supports and guides nationally ranked Soldi1. The Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) supports and guides nationally ranked Soldier-athletes who compete and succeed in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, while maintaining military careers and promoting the U.S. Army to the world.  WCAP was established to provide Soldiers of world-class caliber with the opportunity to train full time for national and international sports competitions leading to selection and participation with United States national teams, while maintaining their military specialties. Soldiers selected to participate in the program serve in this assignment at the discretion of the Army and may be released and reassigned from the program at any time based on the needs of the Army.

2. In furtherance of this mission, only Soldier-athletes who meet the criteria below will be considered for admittance into the program.  Any athlete applying to the WCAP who fails to meet the criteria should expect to have their application denied.  Furthermore, merely meeting the entry standard does not guarantee admittance into the program.  The standards laid out are the minimum for consideration of a potential applicant.

3. Soldier-athletes who meet the standards below are deemed athletically qualified for entry into the Army WCAP and will be considered for acceptance in to the program for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang, South Korea; and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games at Tokyo, Japan.
 
 
ARCHERY:

a.  A current member of the U.S. Senior or Junior National Recurve Archery Team or member within the past 12 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

b. Competed in the sport of Recurve Archery at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Archery can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery

 

BADMINTON:

a. Qualified to represent the U.S. at a Senior World Championship, Pan-American Games, or World University Games within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

b. Competed in the sport of Badminton at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Badminton can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Badminton

 

BOXING:

Men:

a. Finished in the top-6 at the U.S. National Championship or the National Golden Gloves Championship within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

b. Finished in the top-4 at the National Police Athletic League Championship within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

c. Champion at the Junior National Golden Gloves Championship or the Junior Olympics National Championship within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

d. Competed in the sport of Boxing at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

Women:

a. Finished in the top-4 at the U.S. National Championship or the National Golden Gloves Championship within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

b. Finished in the top-4 at the National Police Athletic League Championship within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

c. Champion at the Junior National Golden Gloves Championship or the Junior Olympics National Championship within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

d. Competed in the sport of Boxing at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Boxing can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing

 

CANOE/KAYAK:

a.  A current member of the U.S. Senior National Team for either Flatwater Sprint or Whitewater Slalom and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Canoe/Kayak at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Canoe/Kayak can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Canoe-Kayak

 

DIVING:

a. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Team for Diving and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Diving at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Diving can be found at http://www.usadiving.org/

 

FENCING:

a. Currently hold a top-3 ranking on the USA Fencing Senior Team Points Standings for Men’s or Women’s Epee, Foil, or Sabre and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body.

b. Qualified for any team to represent the U.S. at a Senior World Championship, Pan-American Games, or World University Games within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

c. Competed in the sport of Epee, Foil, or Sabre Fencing at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Fencing can be found at http://www.usfencing.org/

 

FIELD HOCKEY:

a. Tried out for and selected to be a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in the 12 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Field Hockey at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Field Hockey can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey

 

GYMNASTICS:

a. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Team for Gymnastics and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. A current member of the U.S. Junior 16-18 Team or member within the past 12 months prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

c. Competed in the sport of Gymnastics at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Gymnastics can be found at https://usagym.org/pages/index.html

 

JUDO:

a. A current top-60 ranking in the International Judo Federation (IJF) World Ranking List and meet at least one of the following:

(1)  Hold a current top-3 ranking on the USA Judo Senior National Ranking List in an Olympic Weight Class and have at least a C-Level Senior Classification rating.

(2)  Finished in the top-3 of the USA Judo Senior National Championship within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

(3)  Currently hold a top-3 ranking on the IJF Junior National Ranking List.

b. Competed in the sport of Judo at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Judo can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Judo

 

MODERN PENTATHLON:

a. Hold a current top-3 ranking on the USA Pentathlon Men’s or Women’s Senior Individual Pentathlon points System (IPPS) Ranking List and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body.

b. Qualified to represent the U.S. at the Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championships within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

c. Competed in the sport of Modern Pentathlon at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Modern Pentathlon can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Modern-Pentathlon

 

ROWING:

a. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Team for Rowing and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Rowing at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Rowing can be found at http://www.usrowing.org/index.aspx

 

RUGBY 7’s:

a. Tried out for and selected to be a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in the 12 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

More information on the sport of Rugby 7’s can be found at http://usarugby.org/

 

SAILING:

a.  A current member of the U.S. Senior National Team in an Olympic Sailing Event and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Qualified for any team to represent the U.S. at a Senior World Championship, Pan-American Games, or World University Games within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

c. Competed in the sport of Sailing at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Sailing can be found at http://ussailing.org/

 

SHOOTING:

a.  Scored one of the below point totals in a CONUS competition sanctioned by USA Shooting or an OCONUS competition sanctioned by the ISF within the past 24 months prior to the WCAP application:

Men:

a. Score 1160 points in 50m 3-Position Rifle

b. Score 592 points in 50m Rifle Prone

c. Score 590 points in 10m Air Rifle

d. Score 118 points in Skeet

e. Score 113 points in Trap

f. Score 130 points in Double Trap

g. Score 545 points in 50m Free Pistol

h. Score 575 points in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol

i. Score 570 points in 10m Air Pistol

Women:

a. Score 573 points in 50m 3-Position Rifle

b. Score 391 points in 10m Air Rifle

c. Score 66 points in Skeet

d. Score 62 points in Trap

e. Score 574 points in 25m Sport Pistol

f. Score 378 points in 10m Air Pistol

b. Competed in the sport of Shooting at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Shooting can be found at http://www.usashooting.org/

 

SOCCER:

Men

a. Tried out for and selected to be a member of the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team in the 12 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application; by-name selection must be made by the U-23 Men’s National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Soccer at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

Women:

a. Tried out for and selected to be a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team in the 12 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application; by-name selection must be made by the Women’s National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Soccer at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Soccer can be found at http://www.ussoccer.com/

 

SWIMMING:

a. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Team for Swimming and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b.  Top-24 finish at the USA Swimming National Championships (World Championship Trials) in an Olympic Swimming event within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

c. A current member of the USA Swimming National Junior Team in an Olympic Swimming event or a member within the past 12 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

d. Competed in the sport of Swimming at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Swimming can be found at http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx

 

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING:

a.  A current member of the U.S. Senior or Junior National Team for Synchronized Swimming and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior/Junior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Synchronized Swimming at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Synchronized Swimming can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Synchronized-Swimming

 

TABLE TENNIS:

a.  A current member of the U.S. Senior National Team for Table Tennis and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Qualified for any team to represent the U.S. at a Senior World Championship, Pan-American Games, or World University Games within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

c. Competed in the sport of Table Tennis at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Table Tennis can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis

 

TAEKWONDO:

a. A current top-60 ranking in the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Olympic Point Ranking System and meet at least one of the following:

(1)  Finished top-3 at the U.S. National Team Trials within the past 24 month immediately prior to the date of the WCAP application.

(2)  Finished in the top-3 at the U.S. National Championships within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the WCAP application.

(3)  Finished in the top-2 at the University National Championships within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the WCAP application.

(4)  Qualified to represent the U.S. at the World Championships, Pan-American Games, or the World University Games within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the WCAP application.

b. Competed in the sport of Taekwondo at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Taekwondo can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Taekwondo

 

TEAM HANDBALL:

a. Tried out for and selected to be a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in the 12 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Team Handball at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Team Handball can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Team-Handball

 

TRACK & FIELD:

a. Must meet or exceed the below listed times within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application. Qualifying marks must be made and verifiable in one of the following:  USATF or IAAF sanctioned events that prescribe to or exceed USATF competition rules; events at collegiate meets that meet or exceed USATF competition rules.  All qualifying marks will be verified.

Men:  

100m – 10.07

200m – 20.30

400m – 45.00

800m – 1:46.50

1500m – 3:39.00

5000m – 13:33.00

10,000m – 28:15:00

3,000m SC – 8:32.00

110m Hurdles – 13.40

400m Hurdles – 49.00

High Jump – 2.28m

Pole Vault – 5.70m

Long Jump – 8.05m

Triple Jump – 16.66m

Shot Put – 20.00m

Discus – 63.75m

Hammer – 72.00m

Javelin – 77.00m

Decathlon – 7900 points

20K RW – 1:22:30

50K RW – 3:59:00

Marathon – 2:15:00

 

Women:

100m – 11.13

200m – 22.80

400m – 51.45

800m – 2:01.50

1500m – 4:10.00

5000m – 15:28.00

10,000m – 32:45.00

3000m SC – 10:00.00

100m Hurdles – 12.85

400m Hurdles – 56.00

High Jump – 1.86m

Pole Vault – 4.47m

Long Jump – 6.53m

Triple Jump – 13.50m

Shot Put – 17.50m

Discus – 59.00m

Hammer – 66.80m

Javelin – 54.50m

Heptathlon – 5750 points

20K RW – 1:33:30

Marathon – 2:35:00

b. Competed at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application in one of the above events.

More information on the sport of Track & Field can be found at http://www.usatf.org/Home.aspx

 

TRIATHLON:

a. Currently hold an ITU Points List Ranking of 120 or better.

b. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Team for Triathlon and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

c. Competed in the sport of Triathlon at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Triathlon can be found at http://www.usatriathlon.org/

 

VOLLEYBALL:

a. Tried out for and selected to be a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in the 12 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Volleyball at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Volleyball can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball

 

WATER POLO:

a. Tried out for and selected to be a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in the 12 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Water Polo at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Water Polo can be found at http://www.usawaterpolo.org/

 

WEIGHT LIFTING (OLYMPIC STYLE):

a.  A current member of the U.S. Senior National Team for Olympic Style Weightlifting and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Qualified for any team to represent the U.S. at a Senior World Championship, Pan-American Games, or World University Games within the past 24 months immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

c. Competed in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Olympic Weightlifting can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Weightlifting

 

WRESTLING:

Greco-Roman Wrestling / Men’s Freestyle Wrestling

a. Currently hold a top-5 rank on the USA Wrestling rankings for senior wrestlers.

b. Finished in the top-2 at the University National Championships within the past 24 months prior to the WCAP application.

c. Finished in the top-2 at the NCAA or NJCAA National Championships within the past 24 months prior to the WCAP application.

d. Finished in the top-5 of a class “A” wrestling tournament within the past 24 months prior to the WCAP application.

e. Competed in the sport of Greco-Roman or Men’s Freestyle Wrestling at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

 

Women’s Freestyle Wrestling

a. Currently hold a top-3 rank in an Olympic weight class on the USA Wrestling rankings for senior wrestlers.

b. Finished in the top-3 of a class “A” wrestling tournament within the past 24 months prior to the WCAP application.

c. Competed in the sport of Women’s Freestyle Wrestling at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Wrestling can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling

 

2018 WINTER OLYMPIC SPORTS:

BIATHLON:

a. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Biathlon Team and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Biathlon at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Biathlon can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/US-Biathlon

 

BOBSLED:

a. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Bobsled Team and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Bobsled at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Bobsled can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Bobsled-Skeleton-Federation

 

CURLING:

a. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Curling Team and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Curling at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Curling can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling

 

FIGURE SKATING:

a. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Figure Skating Team and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Figure Skating at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Figure Skating can be found at http://www.usfsa.org/

 

LUGE:

a. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Luge Team and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Luge at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Luge can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Luge

 

SKELETON:

a. A current member of the U.S. Senior National Skeleton Team and eligible for funding from the National Governing Body; by-name selection must be made by the Senior U.S. National Team coach.

b. Competed in the sport of Skeleton at the Olympic Games held immediately prior to the date of the Soldier’s WCAP application.

More information on the sport of Skeleton can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Bobsled-Skeleton-Federationer-athletes who compete and succeed in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, while maintaining military careers and promoting the U.S. Army to the world.  WCAP was established to provide Soldiers of world-class caliber with the opportunity to train full time for national and international sports competitions leading to selection and participation with United States national teams, while maintaining their military specialties.  Soldiers selected to participate in the program serve in this assignment at the discretion of the Army and may be released and reassigned from the program at any time based on the needs of the Army.

2. In furtherance of this mission, only Soldier-athletes who meet the criteria below will be considered for admittance into the program.  Any athlete applying to the WCAP who fails to meet the criteria should expect to have their application denied.  Furthermore, merely meeting the entry standard does not guarantee admittance into the program.  The standards laid out are the minimum for consideration of a potential applicant.

3. Soldier-athletes who meet the standards below are deemed athletically qualified for entry into the Army WCAP and will be considered for acceptance in to the program for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang, South Korea; and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games at Tokyo, Japan.