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Citizenship Requirements to Enlist in the Army

Some that have come to the United States legally from other international locations want to show their appreciation and satisfaction to make the U.S. their home by serving within the United States Army. Although it is feasible to serve, it isn’t without limitations and requirements that do not apply to United States citizens.

All people who joins the Army must either be a United States citizen or a legal immigrant. Authorized immigrants have to possess a green card and have entered the region legally in an attempt to develop into a legal immigrant on the United States.

Legal immigrants who’ve been residents of nations that are thought of to be hostile against the USA will require a waiver to be capable to join. If this is your predicament, speak with your recruiter about starting the waiver approach. The list of hostile international locations can be modified quite often as situations across the world evolve. However, the recruiting station must have an updated listing.

Legal immigrants will need to remember that their work opportunities throughout the Army will probably be limited. The Department of Defense won’t permit authorized immigrants to possess a security clearance within the Army. Due to the fact many Army jobs require at least a secret security clearance, authorized immigrants will only possess a small checklist of obtainable occupational specialties regardless of their ASVAB score. You can find work accessible inside the Army that doesn’t involve a security clearance although so it’s doable to nevertheless serve.

When speaking to your recruiter, take all documentation with you. This can speed up the enlistment approach and provide needed documents if a waiver becomes essential for enlistment. Take into account that the recruiter is not able to approve a waiver. Waivers are granted by those in his chain of command or at recruiting command.

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Travel Mom July 19, 2011, 4:00 pm

    Proud of my Korean-born friend who serves in the Navy. He came here as a child and is more proud of being a US citizen than most people I know.

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