2015 CISM Military World Games Kick Off in South Korea

Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia

Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia

By Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia

Top athletes from armed forces around the world are gathered in South Korea this week. They’ve assembled to compete in the Conseil International du Sport Militaire 6th Military World Games. CISM is the second largest sports agency in the world after the International Olympic Committee.

Like the Olympics, the Military World Games bring together the world’s top amateur athletes. More than 5,000 service members from 80 nations are in Mungyeong, South Korea, from Oct. 2-11, competing in 16 sports ranging from soccer to sailing. More than 165 military athletes are representing the U.S. Armed Forces.

Founded in 1948, CISM uses the playing field to unite the armed forces of nations across the globe. With the motto “Friendship through Sport,” the ultimate goal of CISM is to contribute to world peace by uniting the armed forces through sport, as well as promoting solidarity among nations. The U.S. Armed Forces have been a member since 1951.

Representing the United States are service members from across 54 states and territories. They are active duty, reservists and National Guardsmen who proudly wear the uniform of our Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard. These athletes, many of whom have served on multiple deployments, train and compete at a world-class level in their spare time.

USA goalkeeper Staff Sgt. Joshua Blodgett leaps to try to stop a shot by Korea's Jo Dongkun during the opening competition of the CISM Military World Games in Mungyeong, South Korea, Sept. 30, 2015. U.S. Armed Forces Sports photo by Gary Sheftick

USA goalkeeper Staff Sgt. Joshua Blodgett leaps to try to stop a shot by Korea’s Jo Dongkun during the opening competition of the CISM Military World Games. U.S. Armed Forces Sports photo by Gary Sheftick

There are many ways for you to follow and cheer for our service members as they compete in this demanding and prestigious world-class event:

• See the Oct. 2 opening ceremony here

• Click here for a full list of events

• Click here to see daily results, stories and more on our U.S. Armed Forces athletes

Normally, service members participate and compete at unit-level intramurals and advance to inter-service-level competition. The Armed Forces Sports program is the culmination of the services’ sports and fitness program and provides an avenue for military members to participate in national and international competition.

Let’s go America! Pick up your stride and show your true American pride!  Follow our warrior athletes through social media as they compete throughout the games using the official hashtags #2015USACISM, #2015MilGames, and #ArmedForcesSports.  Go Team USA!

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