Monday, July 25, 2005

Foreign Born Troops become citizens

Yahoo News: Foreign-born US soldiers take citizenship oath in Iraq
147 new citizens were sworn in, thanks to a change in the law that makes it easier for serving military to become citizens in time of war.
The event was the largest such ceremony overseas since citizenship rules were modified in November 2003 to make it easier for US military personnel to become citizens in times of war.

Military officials require recruits to be permanent US residents to join the military, but citizenship is not a requirement.

There are 45,000 non-US citizens currently serving in the US military, said Linda Dougherty, one of the US government civilian officials at the event.
[hat tip Right Side of the Rainbow]

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