U.S. Army Begins Nonimmigrant Recruitment ProgramSubmitted by Daddy WarBucks on Thu, 02/26/2009 - 01:14
February 24, 2009
Frances P. Rayer and Christopher R. Thorn
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To alleviate chronic shortages of physicians, nurses and language experts in the U.S. military, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has authorized a pilot program to temporarily recruit foreign nationals living legally in the U.S. to enlist in the military without first having to obtain lawful permanent residence. This marks the first time in recent history that foreigners without permanent resident status will be able to enlist. The limited pilot program aims to recruit up to 1,000 people and will end on December 31, 2009, or when the 1,000-person target has been reached, whichever comes first.