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2018 Process

The Warriors Application and Selection Process

The Purpose of this page is to provide more information on the No Barriers Warriors selection process. Our process from submission of an application to the selection of a participant can can take multiple months to complete. We appreciate all our applicants patience with our process and your continued support as we try to improve our process. Frequently asked questions involving the process can be found by clicking the link provided. If you have any questions concerning an expedition or the application process, please contact our Warriors Service Coordinator at (970)484-3633 ext. 321 or email warriors@nobarriersusa.org. Please note that this is a general outline of the process and is subject to change at any point in time.

The First Step

Note online applications/nominations are currently not *live* because the 2018 Warriors expedition season application deadline has past. They will open again and become available online when the 2019 Warriors Season launches in ~ November 2018.

Veterans can be nominated by friend, family member, or community member. When veterans are nominated, they receive an email from warriors@nobarriersusa.org prompting them to find out more information on the program and to apply.

Applying to a Warriors Expedition
If a veteran is interested in applying to a Warriors Expedition, they can apply online or they can request a hard copy of the application.

Once an application is submitted, an applicant will receive an email notification from warriors@nobarriersusa.org.

After submitting an application, what comes next?

General Expedition Applications close on January 31st, 2018. Between January and April, new Warriors Expeditions will be added to the application for veterans to apply to. Our application process is a multi-month process and is dependent upon the expedition an applicant has shown interest in. The selection process begins generally around 4 to 6 months prior to each expedition date seen on the application. Applicants who applied for general expeditions between November 1st and January 31st, can expect to receive information regarding their application between February 1st and March 31st.

Once an application window closes and an applicant has submitted their application, the Warriors Service Coordinator reads all submitted applications. All applications are scored based on a rubric that highlights an applicant’s need for the Warriors program, a positive attitude concerning the experience, and a willingness to overcome physical challenges.

Applicants who demonstrate the above mentioned criteria will be contacted by the Warriors Service Coordinator to set up a time to interview. These notifications will come through warriors@nobarriersusa.org so please ensure that spam settings are set to send the warriors@nobarriersusa.org email address to inbox and not spam. In the interview, a No Barriers Warriors staff member or intern will share details about the expedition the applicant is being selected for. These details will include trip itineraries and will define the aspects of the expedition that define its rating. For instance, if an applicant is being selected for a 5 day Backcountry Adventure, Warriors staff or intern will let the applicant know that two of the five days are travel while the remaining 3 are spent in the backcountry, carrying all supplies needed, over challenging terrain. Applicants are encouraged to consider the difficulty of the expedition being described and determine if their fitness level is capable of completing the challenge. In the interview section, the Warriors staff or intern will ask the applicant a variety of interview questions to determine an applicant’s need for the program, attitude concerning the experience, and willingness to overcome physical challenges.

Applicants who show a need for the program, a positive attitude concerning the experience, and a willingness to overcome physical challenges will be asked to register with the program. Registration includes the completion of a medical screening with the No Barriers Warriors doctor on call as well as the completion of all legal documents required by No Barriers Warriors.

Once the medical screening is completed, and the Warriors Service Coordinator has received feedback concerning the health of the applicant from the doctor, a decision will be made on the selection of the applicant. Applicants can be accepted to the expedition, recommended for an alternative expedition, placed on the Warriors Alternate’s list, or notified of non selection for any Warriors opportunity. The medical screening phase can take up to three weeks, depending on contact between the applicant and the doctor, as well as contact between the doctor with the Warriors Service Coordinator.

If selected…
If selected, an applicant becomes a participant on an expedition team. The Warriors Service Coordinator will then work with all members of the team on a weekly basis through email and phone conversations to ensure team participants are prepared for their expedition. In the weeks leading up to an expedition, the team will have a chance to get to know each other, learn about the No Barriers Warriors curriculum, talk about gear and packing, and answer any questions participants have.

The Expedition
Please be aware that expeditions are subject to change at the discretion of the expedition leaders. Expedition itineraries are dependent upon environmental factors as well as the fitness of the team. If participants do not physically prepare for the expedition selected for, taking the team into the backcountry can become a danger to the entire team. To maintain team safety, No Barriers Warriors Expedition Leaders can change the itinerary at any time.

Post Expedition
Once participants complete an expedition, they are encouraged to complete a survey. Providing feedback to the program helps to make positive changes for future participants. Participants also work with the No Barriers Warriors Meaningful Engagement Coordinator. The Warriors Meaningful Engagement Coordinator, with the support of Alumni Coaches, works with all participants who have completed an expedition to refine their pledge; create and execute a plan of action; work with the veteran to ensure completion of their pledge; and ensure they remain an active member of the No Barriers Community.