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Old 04-23-2011, 07:40 AM
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Army and the Navy are adding Citizenship as a bonus to people thinking of entering boot camp. Only LEGAL immigrants can get citizenship this way so illegals need not apply.

The military route is not a short-cut for foreigners abroad to get into the U.S. Only legal immigrants can apply, officials stress, and they must complete five years of honorable service or chance having their citizenship revoked.

The Military says that recruiting people from other countries is vitally important to the military because of skills they may have that an American may not, including language and special education and job skills.

They can receive their citizenship papers in only 10 weeks, just before graduating from basic training. They must pass security clearance and pass a US history test. They are not given time off for studying during basic training. They must complete their basic training just like everyone else. They must give 5 years of service or their citizenship will be revoked.

"In February alone, we took in more than 200 applications," said Karen Dalziel, an officer from Homeland Security's citizenship and immigration arm, who administered the oath to the soldiers.

Dalziel said she has been swearing in 30 to 50 soldiers on a weekly basis.

So what do you think, should you be able to get citizenship for completing basic training?
I have no issue at all with this. I just hope we are doing thorough background checks on all of these people. Now for the next question; what happens if they are honorably discharged before their five years are up? I would assume they would keep their citizenship, but just wondering.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Assassin View Post
Army and the Navy are adding Citizenship as a bonus to people thinking of entering boot camp. Only LEGAL immigrants can get citizenship this way so illegals need not apply.

The military route is not a short-cut for foreigners abroad to get into the U.S. Only legal immigrants can apply, officials stress, and they must complete five years of honorable service or chance having their citizenship revoked.

The Military says that recruiting people from other countries is vitally important to the military because of skills they may have that an American may not, including language and special education and job skills.

They can receive their citizenship papers in only 10 weeks, just before graduating from basic training. They must pass security clearance and pass a US history test. They are not given time off for studying during basic training. They must complete their basic training just like everyone else. They must give 5 years of service or their citizenship will be revoked.

"In February alone, we took in more than 200 applications," said Karen Dalziel, an officer from Homeland Security's citizenship and immigration arm, who administered the oath to the soldiers.

Dalziel said she has been swearing in 30 to 50 soldiers on a weekly basis.

So what do you think, should you be able to get citizenship for completing basic training?

They should get citizenship for serving 6 years and being honorably discharged. Not just going through boot camp.


This is not new to the military. I believe the same offer was made to the Philippinos during WWII
I think that they have to be citizens after boot camp (with the caveat it can be revoked), else they are considered mercenaries. Also, I would imagine that in order to wear the uniform of the united states, that you must be a citizen.

I think thats why they went with the after boot camp thing.
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Old 04-23-2011, 07:50 AM
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why does the us spend more on military spending than most other countries combined....why dont remove the troops in europe....why do we need to always expand one of the largest military forces in the world? will these cause 'anchor' soldiers?
Well It only allows for legal immigrants. However we do need to stop being the world police.
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When I was in the service (82-92) I was always reading stories about airmen who weren't citizens getting their citizenship while on active duty. I remember one hot German girl in particular! Filipinos are in our military and they can retire without citizenship (I think).

We had a Japanese exchange student over at our house last summer for a few weeks and he said he wanted to join the U.S. Army. He'll be thrilled by this!
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