Army & Navy Add Citizenship Option To Boot Camp

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140 US Sailors & Marines from 45 different countries take the Oath of Citizenship aboard a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Legal immigrants to the US have been allowed to gain citizenship after joining the military. By allowing citizenship to be approved while in boot camp, there’s less bureaucratic paperwork during deployment and a ‘well-deserved break’ before being shipped to war. From AP via The Bellingham Herald:

Military service has long been one route to U.S. citizenship. Now the Army and Navy, in need of specialists and language skills in wartime, are speeding things up by allowing recruits to wrap up the process while they’re still in basic training.

It means a change in a no-visitors policy during boot camp, to allow federal immigration officers access to the recruits. But military officials say it’s a well-deserved break for volunteers who otherwise would have to slog through the bureaucratic ordeal during deployments around the world, often far from U.S. embassies.

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.

[Continues at The Bellingham Herald]

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6 Responses to Army & Navy Add Citizenship Option To Boot Camp

  1. ArgosyJones April 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    That’s pretty nice. I approve.

  2. ArgosyJones April 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    That’s pretty nice. I approve.

  3. David Meadows April 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    I’m sure there is a waiver for the Illegal aliens. The army and navy even have waivers for people with Criminal history and really low asvab scores.

  4. David Meadows April 22, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    I’m sure there is a waiver for the Illegal aliens. The army and navy even have waivers for people with Criminal history and really low asvab scores.

  5. Michael G. O'Hair April 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

  6. Michael G. O'Hair April 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

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