The Warrior Transition Command will host Army Trials 2016, 6 - 10 March, at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. About 125 wounded, ill and injured active-duty Soldiers and Army Veterans from across the country will compete for the opportunity to represent Team Army at the 2016 DoD Warrior Games, 14 - 22 June, at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Throughout the week of competition, wounded warriors will compete in archery, cycling, track and field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming and wheelchair basketball. Army Trials showcase the resilient spirit of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Veterans. Participants include athletes with upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries; amputations; serious illnesses; traumatic brain injuries (TBI); visual impairment and post-traumatic stress disorder.
In Warrior Transition Units (WTUs), medical professionals and Adaptive Reconditioning Coordinators work with recovering Soldiers to include adaptive activities and sports as part of their individualized Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP). Those Soldiers can then choose to begin the path to Army Trials by participating in unit level competitions and then Army Regional Trials. After advancing from Regional Trials, athletes head to Army Trials where they work with expert coaches, sports trainers, and nutritionists to prepare for the competitions. This rigorous adaptive reconditioning training enhances the recovery of individual Soldiers, regardless of whether they ultimately qualify for the DoD Warrior Games.
Athletes possessing professionalism, team spirit and the best qualifying times and/or scores are selected to compete on Team Army in the DoD Warrior Games.