the US that can lead toward obtaining US citizenship. The program started in
2009, but was stopped in 2010.
Recruiters are pleased with the Pentagon reinitiating the program. It will allow for folks who are in the US on temporary visas such as student visas, the chance to obtain U.S. citizenship at a faster pace than the current times available. Sometimes people who come to the U.S. to study, and then have an employer sponsor them for permanent residence, must still wait several years before obtaining the actual permanent residence. Once a person is a permanent resident, the typical wait-time to apply for citizenship is five years. Under this program, immigrants may get citizenship right after basic training, which in itself is a mere 10 weeks.
Opening the army to immigrants has become more of an issue since Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on soldiers in Ft. Hood, Texas back in 2009. However, he was American born.
Immigrants that have been a part of the program have excelled, and the Pentagon is looking forward to the new recruits that will enlist in the program.