Posted on April 3, 2009

One Oath Leads to Another

Kirk Semple, New York Times, April 1, 2009


{snip} But under a new program that began Feb. 23 and is intended to increase the number of highly skilled soldiers, the American military is now allowing some temporary immigrants to enlist.


“Our diversity only strengthens us,” General Casey [Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff,] said in an interview with reporters after [a swearing-in] ceremony.

The new program, known as Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, is {snip} open to foreigners who have lived legally in the United States for at least two years on temporary visas, including high-skilled employment visas and student visas. {snip}

As an enticement, the government is offering an expedited path to citizenship and will waive naturalization fees.