The United States Armed Forces is a member of the International Military Sports Council, which is also known as the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM). With 139 member nations, CISM is the second largest multi-sport discipline organization after the International Olympic Committee.
The U.S. Delegation competes in 19 of the 26 sports offered averaging around 12-15 sports annually. CISM Championships are hosted around the world and provides an avenue for the United States to project a positive image with valuable military-to-military engagements through sport.
CISM represents the highest level of military athletic competitiveness, which often includes Olympians and World Champions. The United States has been a member since 1951 and hosts one to two CISM Military World Championships or events each year.