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How to Become a U.S. Citizen Via the U.S. Armed Forces

Updated on May 29, 2009

War is Good for Some Things

If you are totally fluent in Korean, Pashtu, Urdu and Arabic, know English like the back of your hand, can pass the US Armed forces exam, are a foreigner living in the US on a Visa and pass a thorough background check, great! Now, you can join the US Army, go through basic training etc.,do all the things military grunts do. Once your contract with the Army is done, you can become a US Citizen, thereby, shortening the process by many years.

For many, this program is a god-send courtesy of the "rumor of war" from North Korea, the real one in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the "velvet" war with Iran.

Applicants must have lived in the U.S. for at least two years and have a valid temporary-resident visa. Enlistees with language skills must agree to a minimum four years of active duty, which could very well be in Iraq or Afghanistan, and four years in the Reserves. The US Army program enables temporary immigrants to enlist and become U.S. citizens in six months.

Let me repeat: a US Citizen in six months! Having worked in INS this is an incredible, "jump to the front of the line". On average, becoming a US citizen is, as The Beatles say, "the long and winding road". Long in 2-6 years of waiting etc. Some immigrants have been trying for well over that.

Odds are if you are accepted, you will end up in South Korea or Middle East as some sort of linguist or intelligence surveillance unit. The program is short, one year and started in February. The US Army in New York and Los Angeles are inundated with applicants amazingly enough.


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