Pentagon to recruit aliens on visas

Struggling to find enough doctors, nurses and linguists for the war effort, the Pentagon will temporarily recruit foreigners who have been living in the United States on student and work visas, or with refugee or political asylum status.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has authorized the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to recruit certain legal residents whose critical medical and language skills are “vital to the national interest,” officials said, using for the first time a law passed three years ago.

Though the military previously has taken recruits with green cards seeking permanent residency, Gates’ action enables the services to start a one-year pilot program to find up to 1,000 foreigners who have lived in the states legally for at least two years on certain types of temporary visas.

The new recruits into the armed forces would get accelerated treatment in the process toward becoming U.S. citizens in return for serving in the wartime military in the United States or abroad.

news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081205/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/military_recruiting;_ylt=An3ysiyQTQQkyeGgh4Fg2jus0NUE

Somewhat disappointing. When I saw the word aliens I thought maybe the military was recruiting Martians or something.

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We have had non-US citizens in the military since Lafayette
I think this program is a great idea.

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Yeah, but how are those aliens going to fit into MOPP suits, with those big heads and spindley bodies and such? :eek: :stuck_out_tongue:

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