Today, I want to take on a controversial topic and open a debate with our website visitors. As of today’s current Army policies, non-citizens can serve in the military. Here’s a summary of the current rules:
- The person must be in the USA legally (legally immigrate)
- They must have an address in the USA
- They must have enough time on their Visa or Green Card to fulfill their entire military obligation
- They cannot get a Security Clearance until they become a legal citizen
- They cannot serve as Officers or Warrant Officers
- They can only fill certain MOSs
Simply put, a non-citizen can enlist into the Army, Army Reserves or Army National Guard in certain MOSs. After fulfilling their military obligations and meeting certain requirements they can eventually earn their citizenship.
My thoughts for you are: what do you think about this policy? Here’s what I would really like to hear from you when you leave a response.
# 1 Your view on the topic
# 2 Why you think the way you think
# 3 If the policy was going to be changed or modified, what would you recommend and why?
I look forward to reading your views as to whether or not non-citizens should be allowed to serve in today’s military.
Here are my views on the topic.
I do not believe non-U.S. citizens should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. I understand that anyone can be patriotic and love our country, even if they aren’t legal U.S. citizens. There are many aliens and even illegal immigrants who love the U.S.A. And I understand that every U.S. citizen living today has distant relatives that at one point were not U.S. citizens, but chose to immigrate here.
However, with the War on Terrorism and all the acts of violence against against the United States, I do not believe that the advantages of having non-U.S. citizens serve in the military outweigh the risks of having them serve. There are too many terrorist and extremist groups that would love to infiltrate the military ranks and do harm to our Soldiers. Of course, a legal US citizen could join the ranks and do the same thing, but I think the odds of that are much lower than having a non-U.S. citizen join the ranks.
If I was to revise the current policy I would make it a requirement for everyone who wants to join the military to be a legal U.S. citizen first. I have nothing against people wanting to become a U.S. Citizen. In fact, I can’t blame anyone for wanting to move to America. I just think they should get their citizenship first, before they are eligible to join the military and defend this country.
These are just my thoughts, based upon my own beliefs and personal experience. I look forward to reading what you think.
On a quick side note, I will not post rude comments, comments with profanity, or personal attacks. Please keep things professional. We all have the freedom of speech, but keep it clean and on topic, or keep it to yourself.
Former Army Major (resigned)
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