US Government Announcement: Non-Citizen Military Recruitment Program

"US Government Announcement: Non-Citizen Military Recruitment Program" and "US Army Non-Citizen Recruitment Program Detailed Summary" both refer to a one-year pilot program by the US Army, called "Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest" (MAVNI).  The purpose of the program is to recruit up to 1,000 foreign nationals currently in the United States with specific skills: physicians, nurses and those with fluency in certain foreign languages and cultures.   In exchange, participants will be able to immediately apply for U.S. citizenship without having to first obtain Permanent Residency. Those in health care must enlist for at least three years of active duty; those with special language and cultural backgrounds must enlist for at least four years of active duty.  The opportunity is open to both men and women.  The program was announced in February 2009 and is scheduled to end on December 31, 2009, or whenever the Army meets its projected recruiting needs.

The Army has established two special web sites for non-citizens who are interested in finding out more about the MAVNI pilot program. The links are:  (for doctors and nurses)  (for persons with language skills who are interested in enlisted health care jobs)