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U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program

U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program

On Fort Carson

On Fort Carson

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 preparation for possible participation on the U.S. Olympic team.

It is a program that provides outstanding soldier-athletes the support and training to compete and succeed in national and international competitions such as the Military World Games. The program is headquartered at Fort Carson, Colorado. [2]

U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program
Active1997 – present
CountryUnited States of America
AllegianceUnited States
BranchUnited States Army
Part of

Community Outreach

Boyd Melson (right)

Boyd Melson (right)

The US Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) allows top-ranked soldier-athletes to perform at the international level while also serving their nation in the military.

They compete throughout the year.

WCAP Soldiers come from the active, reserve and National Guard components.

They are selected for their ability to perform at the highest level of their sports.

After joining the unit, they hone their skills with elite civilian and military coaches at America’s best facilities.

WCAP Soldiers also conduct essential outreach activities.

They hold clinics, speak to high school and college audiences, talk with athletic teams and make appearances in support of Army recruiting stations.[19][20]

National Visibility

WCAP also grants the United States Army important national visibility, and reinforces public pride in the United States Armed Forces. This is especially during high-profile competitions like the Olympic Games.WCAP Soldiers provide positive role models, motivate their fellow soldiers and give Americans another reason to get excited about the Army. Since 1948, more than 446 Soldiers have represented the United States at the Olympics, earning 111 medals in a variety of sports. [16]

On Social Media

  • It is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/USArmyWCAP/


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 [4]

  • WCAP is not a developmental program; it targets athletes who have achieved world class status in their sport.




Nick Mowrer is a member of the U.S.

Army World Class Athlete Program in 2019.

He competed in the Winter Airgun Championships at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs,Colorado in December 2019.

The head coach of the U.S.

Army World Class Athlete boxing team is Charles Leverette.[17]

WCAP Olympians


The Program sent 7 athletes and 4 coaches to the 2012 Summer Games in London. [5]

  • 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


During the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games three soldier-athletes and one coach represented WCAP and the US Army in the XXI Olympiad.

  • Jeremy Teela, 10K Sprint

  • John Napier, 4 man.USA

  • Sled II Pilot

  • Christopher Fogt, 4 man USA Sled II Brakeman

  • SGT William Tavares (Team USA Bobsled Coach)


During the 2008 Beijing Summer Games two WCAP athletes and one coach represented WCAP and the US Army in the XXIX Olympiad:

  • Michael Anti, 50 m Rifle Competition

  • Dremiel Byers

  • Keith Sanderson, Rapid Fire Competition

  • MAJ David Johnson (Team USA Shooting Coach)

Other notable WCAP alumni

  • Boyd Melson, 2004 gold medal, World Military Boxing Championships

  • Preston Hartzog, silver medal 1999 Military World Games


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