The 2015 Army Trials will be at Fort Bliss, Texas, in El Paso, March 29 – April 2, and is the second run of this event. The 2015 Department of Defense (DoD) competition is slated for this summer.
In 2014 more than 100 wounded, ill and injured service members and Veterans from across the United States traveled to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., to train and compete for the first time in a series of competitive athletic events known as the Army Trials*. The Army Trials help determine which Army athletes compete on the DoD competition Army Team.
The DoD competition brings athletes representing all branches of the military together competing in seven sports: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball.
Army Trials showcase the resilient spirit of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Veterans. Participants in Army Trials include athletes with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, serious illnesses and amputations.
Athletes begin the path to the Army Trials in unit level competitions and proceed to Army Regional Trials. Athletes advance from Regional Trials to the Army Trials. They work with expert coaches, sports trainers, and nutritionists to prepare for competitions. This rigorous Adaptive Reconditioning training enhances the recovery of individual Soldiers, regardless if they ultimately qualify for the Army DoD competition team.
Athletes possessing the professionalism, team spirit, and the best qualification times and/or scores, are selected to compete in the DoD competition. In Warrior Transition Units (WTU) medical professionals and Adaptive Reconditioning Coordinators work with recovering Soldiers to include adaptive activities and sports as part of individualized Comprehensive Transition Plans (CTP).