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(BostonGlobe.com)-Expedited citizenship would be an incentive
WASHINGTON -- The armed forces, already struggling to meet recruiting goals, are considering expanding the number of noncitizens in the ranks -- including disputed proposals to open recruiting stations overseas and putting more immigrants on a faster track to US citizenship if they volunteer -- according to Pentagon officials.
Foreign citizens serving in the US military is a highly charged issue, which could expose the Pentagon to criticism that it is essentially using mercenaries to defend the country. Other analysts voice concern that a large contingent of noncitizens under arms could jeopardize national security or reflect badly on Americans' willingness to serve in uniform.
Some within the Army privately express concern that a big push to recruit noncitizens would smack of "the decline of the American empire," as one Army official who asked not to be identified put it.
Originally posted by DeusEx
I believe a number of canadians did the same thing during Vietnam, as well, so this does have historical precedent.
Originally posted by marg6043
Language is not of importance.
Originally posted by ludaChris
Language is of the very most importance, as communication is the key to coordinating your forces for attack and defense alike.
[edit on 12/28/2006 by ludaChris]
Originally posted by intrepid
I don't think that the American Empire will last half as long though. The cracks are already showing.
A recent change in US law, however, gave the Pentagon authority to bring immigrants to the United States if it determines it is vital to national security.