Every year I am privileged to nominate young men and women from the 6th Congressional district to attend one of the military academies.  It is always a pleasure to be contacted by those of you who are interested in serving your country and receiving the fine education the academies provide. In addition to asking for my nomination I suggest you contact Senators Murray and Cantwell, President Obama and Vice-President Biden for nominations.

All applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered in a single packet by October 19th, 2012. Do NOT mail application materials individually.

Requirements to Apply for a Military Academy Nomination

All contact with my office regarding this process must be from the applicant, and not through parents, other family members or academy liaison officers. Applicants themselves must complete the Application Form and process.

  1. First, email my office or send by postal mail (Rep. Norm Dicks, 2467 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515) the following information: name, address, phone number and email address. This is required in order to be considered as a possible candidate by my office.

  2. Second, you must establish a pre-candidate file with your preferred service academies. This can be done by visiting each academy's respective website:

  3. Third, all of the following items must be hand delivered or mailed together in a single packet to one of my local offices, (Bremerton, Tacoma, or Port Angeles) depending on where you live. Do NOT mail application materials individually, and do NOT mail to the DC office.
    • Completed application form.
    • Essay – One full page, single spaced explaining in your own words why you would like to attend one of the military academies.
    • Two letters of recommendation from people who know you well and can evaluate your abilities. One letter can be from a teacher or counselor, but one must be from someone outside of school. No letters from relatives will be accepted.
    • Signed Guidance Counselor form with attached current transcript. Transcripts must be official (no copies) and must be submitted in an unopened envelope. Transcripts should include your GPA, class rank and your junior year course work.
    • SAT or ACT scores are required by both my office and the academies. You must include one copy of your test scores in your application packet. You are encouraged to take the test early and more than once. You must also have your test scores sent directly to my office from the College Board. To directly send SAT scores to my office use code #4241. To directly send ACT scores to my office use code #7743.
    • A passport or wallet size (head and shoulders) recent photo. Please send only one photo.

If your packet is complete and submitted by October 19th you will be contacted by my office to setup a date to have a personal interview. Be sure to complete each of the three steps listed above, or your application will be considered incomplete.

Re-Applying: If you have applied for a military academy nomination from my office in a previous year, you will need to complete the steps listed above, as well as submit a new essay, and new letters of recommendation from different submitters. We are interested in knowing what you have been doing since your senior year in high school.

Withdraw from the Process: At any point in the process, if you are no longer interested in seeking a military academy nomination, please call or e-mail my office so we can remove your file from the selection process.

Primary Criteria Used for Nomination

  1. Leadership and Individual Achievement - This includes student body positions, athletics (team captain – varsity), ROTC, scouting, or individual awards.
  2. School transcript and class rank
  3. SAT and/or ACT results
  4. Athletics – To prepare for the demanding physical training at the academies.
  5. Extracurricular – This includes work, community service, school clubs and organizations.


  1. Application (PDF)
  2. Guidance Counselor Reference (PDF)
  3. Checklist (PDF)

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2012 Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Dicks is pleased to announce his office’s participation in the Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” which allows high school students from across the United States to showcase their artistic ability. Each year Members of Congress hold contests within their districts to choose winning pieces of art by high school students.

Since this competition was created in 1982, hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated at the local level. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, DC for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.


  • The competition is open to high school students who reside in the 6th Congressional District.
  • Artwork categories are as follows:
    • Paintings: oil, acrylic, watercolor, etc.
    • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
    • Collage: must be two dimensional
    • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
    • Mixed media: use of more than two mediums listed above.
    • Computer-generated art
    • Photography
  • Each student is allowed one entry, which must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
  • Artwork must fall within the following guidelines:
    • Artwork must be two-dimensional.
    • Artwork can be no larger than 28”x28”x4” (28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep) and weigh no more than 15lbs including the frame. (Only the winning art piece must be framed.)
    • Winning Artwork must be framed by the student to hang in the Capitol.
  • Artwork will hang in the Capitol for the entire year of the exhibition and cannot be returned early to the artist. Students should submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.

  • Winner will be notified and a parent or guardian will be invited to travel to Washington, DC for an unveiling reception in the Congressional Visitor's Center. Date and time to be announced.

  • Entries must be received by 4:30 PM, Friday, April 20th, 2012. Please do not send your entry to the Washington, DC office as it may become damaged or delayed in transit. Artwork may be submitted to any of my District Offices at the addresses and office hours below:
  • Tacoma Office:
    1019 Pacific Ave, Suite 806,
    Tacoma, WA 98402
    Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 5:30PM

    Bremerton Office:
    345 6th Ave, Suite 500,
    Bremerton, WA 98337
    Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM

    Port Angeles Office:
    332 East 5th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362
    By Appointment Only (360) 452-3370

  • A copy of the 2012 Student Information/Release Form, available for download below, signed by both the teacher and the student, must be attached to the artwork to certify the originality of the piece.

Required Form

Questions may be directed to my Tacoma office at (253) 593-6536 or by email.

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