Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General
  • Question: What are the Warrior Games?

    Answer: The 2016 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games is an annual sporting competition bringing together wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from across the country. The 2016 Warrior Games is the first to be solely led, managed, and operated by DoD. This year, the DoD Warrior Games will take place June 15 – 21 at United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

  • Question: How did participating athletes qualify for the 2016 DoD Warrior Games?

    Answer: Each Military Service or Command selected athletes for their teams based on individual performance at Service-led trials held in the spring or performance in other sporting competitions.

  • Question: What sporting events will the athletes compete in at 2016 DoD Warrior Games?

    Answer: There are eight different sporting events scheduled – archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball.

  • Question: Are the 2016 DoD Warrior Games open to the public?

    Answer: Yes. The 2016 DoD Warrior Games are free and open to the public. Please note that some events may have limited spectator viewing / seating areas.

Volunteer Logistics
  • Question: How can I register to volunteer for the 2016 DoD Warrior Games?

    Answer: Volunteers will be able to select their preferred day(s) and four-hour time block(s). Volunteers can take online training or can attend an in-person (onsite) training session on either June 9th {times 12 noon and 5:30 p.m.}, June 10th {times 12 noon and 5:30 p.m.} or June 11th {times 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.}. The training venue will be in the Prep School Auditorium.

    Please direct all inquiries to Jefferson Alleyne (Volunteer Coordinating Manager) or Crystal Arriaga (Volunteer Coordinator – Outreach) at DoDWGVolunteers@mail.mil.

  • Question: Is there an age requirement for volunteers?

    Answer: Yes, volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

  • Question: Are there any other special requirements?

    Answer: Generally, all volunteers should be in good health and be prepared for exposure to the effects of summer weather during volunteer events. Volunteers will be subject to criminal background checks as well as other United States Military Academy, West Point access requirements.

  • Question: Can I volunteer as part of a youth group?

    Answer: There are a limited number of opportunities for youth groups to support the 2016 DoD Warrior Games. In general, these opportunities are those where the group is in one area under supervisor of the youth group leader. Only the youth group leader(s) should register online and indicate his or her status as a youth group leader. Youth group leaders must coordinate separately with the 2016 DoD Warrior Games Volunteer Coordinator. In general, volunteer youth groups may include those whose volunteers are 12 years old or older.

    Only the group’s leader(s) will be required to attend one of the mandatory training sessions. That leader will be responsible for briefing their group on roles, responsibilities, and appropriate conduct. The youth group leader will be solely accountable and responsible for the youths under his or her supervision. Youths who are not enrolled, registered, or otherwise affiliated with the youth group will not be permitted to support the youth group at this event. Those in the group should wear clothing that identifies them as a part of the group.

  • Question: What are the available volunteer positions/roles?

    Answer: Volunteers are needed to assist the 2016 DoD Warrior Games staff with a wide range of activities directly supporting the operations of the Games. Volunteer positions include assisting with registration, scoring, time keeping, setup / cleanup, escort duty, administrative duties, access/crowd control, spectators and more.

  • Question: What should I bring to my volunteer shift?

    Answer: Volunteers should bring their own food and water to their shift; refreshments will not be provided. Concession food trucks, however, will be available for food and drink purchase. Volunteers should also bring appropriate attire, dependent on weather, such as sunscreen, a hat or light rain jacket. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. All volunteers will receive one (1) drawstring bag and one (1) 2016 DoD Warrior Games T-shirt, which they must wear while volunteering at their assigned venue. Volunteers must bring a valid photo identification to access United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

  • Question: What should I do when I arrive at United States Military Academy, West Point for my volunteer shift?

    Answer: Upon arrival and you no not have a valid DoD identification card, you must go to the Visitors Center first. After receiving a valid credential, precede through the security check point, follow signs to the Target Hill Parking lot. After parking at Target Hill Field, please board the parking lot shuttle bus or walk to the 2016 DoD Warrior Games Volunteer Center at Gillis Field House. Volunteers will then check-in and receive their T-shirt, volunteers will then be escorted by Volunteer Coordinator to check-in with Venue Manager. Volunteers must check-in at the Volunteer Center each day, regardless of whether or not it is their first volunteer shift of the Games.

    Please arrive one hour early at the Volunteer Center for your volunteer shift to allow sufficient time for check-in and any special/specific training.

  • Question: Who is my Point of Contact during my volunteer shift?

    Answer: All volunteers will be assigned to a Volunteer Coordinator who will provide on-the-ground instructions and guidance during each shift. volunteers can take online training or volunteer training sessions on June 9th {times 1200 noon and 5:30 p.m.}, June 10th {times 1200 noon and 5:30 p.m.} or June 11th {times 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.}.

  • Question: Can I share my experience via social media?

    Answer: Yes! You are encouraged to share your 2016 DoD Warrior Games experience with your friends, family and colleagues via social media. During the volunteer training sessions, you will receive guidance on the most appropriate ways to use social media to spread awareness about the games. Visit the Volunteer Facebook page at Caution-https://www.facebook.com/DoDWarriorGamesVolunteer/.

  • Question: What will be expected of 2016 DoD Warrior Games volunteers?

    Answer: In order to succeed, the 2016 DoD Warrior Games are dependent on enthusiastic, energetic volunteers. Above all, volunteers will be asked to have a positive attitude and be willing to tackle any task, large or small, for the benefit of the athletes and their families. Warrior Games athletes and their family members will be considered VIPs throughout the events. Volunteers will be asked to remain flexible and willing to assist in any areas where additional volunteers may be required.

  • Question: Is there any required documentation I need to complete prior to volunteering?

    Answer: Yes. In addition to completing the online registration, you will be required to complete and sign a Department of Defense Form 2793 (Volunteer Agreement) & maybe Form 5671 (Parental Permission). You will have the opportunity to complete and sign form(s) at the volunteer training sessions or at registration. In addition, USMA Local Area Credential Form-Individual (best viewed using Firefox) will have to be completed if you no not have a valid DoD identification card. Volunteers must bring a valid photo identification to access United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

  • Question: Can I stay after my shift to watch the other competitions?

    Answer: Yes. There will be food trucks serving various sporting venues. You will have the opportunity to purchase food before or after your volunteer shift.

  • Question: What if I can no longer volunteer on my assigned day? Can I volunteer another day?

    Answer: If you can no longer volunteer on your assigned day/shift please contact DoDWGVolunteers@mail.mil or Jefferson Alleyne (Volunteer Manager) 571-239-4221 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours prior to your assigned shift. The DoD Warrior Games volunteer staff will work with you to reschedule, contingent upon event volunteer requirements.

  • Question: Are all of the events taking place on West Point?

    Answer: Yes.

  • Question: Can I sign up to volunteer for more than one day?

    Answer: Yes. Volunteers may register for more than one day/shift. DoD Warrior Games staff will assign volunteers to shifts contingent on event requirements.