Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question: What are the Warrior Games?
Answer: The 2016 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games is a Paralympic-type event for approximately 250 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, Special Operations Command and British Armed Forces. The athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in archery, cycling, field, shooting, swimming, sitting volleyball, track and wheelchair basketball. The United States Army will serve as the host Service for the 2016 DoD Warrior Games, which will take place June 15-21, 2016, at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
Question: Why are the DoD Warrior Games important to the Department of Defense and Armed Services?
Answer: Adaptive sports and reconditioning activities provide wounded, ill and injured with physical and cognitive activities, inspiring physical fitness and encouraging new opportunities for growth and achievement. The DoD Warrior Games represent the culmination of wounded, ill and injured service member’s participation in structured adaptive sports and reconditioning activities throughout their recovery and transition. Competitions like Warrior Games aid in holistic healing of wounded, ill and injured service members throughout their recovery and rehabilitation process: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. The outcomes of physical activity as part of the rehabilitation process includehigher self-esteem, lower stress levels, lower secondary medical conditions and the pursuit of higher education and higher levels of employment.
Question: How did participating athletes qualify for the 2016 DoD Warrior Games?
Answer: Each of the participating branches and commands conducted trials throughout the winter and spring of 2016. Service members and veterans were able to qualify for the 2016 DoD Warrior Games through services trials as well as participation in adaptive sports camps, clinics and other sanctioned competitions.
Question: Why is the U.K. sending athletes to the 2016 DoD Warrior Games?
Answer: Prince Harry and members of the United Kingdom Armed Forces participated in the 2012 and 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., and again in 2015 DoD Warrior Games in Quantico, Va. The United Kingdom Armed Forces accepted the DoD invitation to participate again this year.
Question: Why is DoD managing the games and not the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)?
Answer: The DoD took the lead role for organizing the Warrior Games in 2015 to better align the event with the Games’ core mission of playing a vital role in recovery for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. As the Warrior Games moves into its 2016 round of competition, DoD has expanded athlete eligibility, refocused family participation and added greater involvement from the services and their communities.
Question: Will the families and caregivers supporting the athletes continue to be a part of the 2016 DoD Warrior Games?
Answer: Families and caregivers will always be an important part of the DoD Warrior Games, as they are an essential element in the athletes’ recovery and rehabilitation. Families and caregivers are themselves key members of the recovery team and provide support, encouragement and motivation to the athletes. In turn, the athletes can become motivators to their families, caregivers and team members and inspire communities.
Question: How do I get to the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.?
Answer: Please see directions here.
Question: How do I request access to the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY?
Answer: Spectators who wish to use forms of identification (e.g., a driver’s license, passport, etc.) to enter West Point are highly encouraged to skip the long wait at West Point Visitor’s Center by pre-requesting access. Please fill out and email the USMA Local Area Credential Form (best viewed using Firefox) to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Question: How do I find my way around the United States Military Academy?
Answer: Please see West Point Map.
Question: Can I bring my service dog?
Answer: There are no breed restrictions on service dogs. If it is a certified service dog, then it is allowed on a DoD installation. If it is not a service dog, then all of the restrictions apply (this includes pets, therapy dogs, emotional support dogs, activity dogs, etc.). For more information, review the Army Directive 2013-01, Guidance on the Acquisition and Use of Service Dogs by Soldiers and DODI 1300.27, Guidance on the Use of Service Dogs by Service Members.