One Oath Leads to Another

Kirk Semple, New York Times, April 1, 2009

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{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.

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“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.

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