The following is a statement from Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma):

“At a time when our nation is focused so clearly on ensuring that our soldiers are the most highly skilled, intelligent fighting force in the world, the United States Military Academies are more important than ever.  The academies work to sharpen minds and develop character and leadership skills.  If you are currently looking for ways to contribute to our nation, these academies can provide you with a unique way to serve.  

“The U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY), the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), the U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO) and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT) are filled with some of the best and brightest youths in the nation — high achieving men and women with leadership potential.

“Tuition, books, board, medical and dental care are all fully paid for all four years — and you get paid a monthly stipend as well. Upon graduation, you will receive a Bachelor of Science degree and a leadership job as a junior officer in the Military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. The service obligation is a minimum of five years, but most academy graduates choose to make the military their career. 

“Applying for a nomination through your Congressional office is an important step in the process of attending some of the most prestigious schools in the country; receiving a nomination is a special honor.  If you are nominated, not only will you represent the 9th Congressional District, but you will also represent your school, community, state, and the nation.

“If you are interested in applying for an academy nomination or would like more information, please contact Lori Wemmer in my office at (253) 593-6600 or by email at”