New York, Feb 15: In its drive to attack more young men to army the American military has launched a new campaign, 'Join army and get US citizenship'. It will begin recruiting skilled immigrants, who are living in the country on temporary visas, enticing them with a fast track to United States citizenship in as little as six months.
The New York Times reported that the immigrants having 'Green cards', have been eligible to enlist since long. But the new effor, first time since the Vietnam War, will oepn the armed forces for temporary immigrants if they have lived in US for a minimum of two years.
Recruiters believe that the temporary immigrants will have more education, foreign language skills and professional expertise than many Americans who enlist, helping the military to fill shortages in medical care, language interpretation and field intelligence analysis.
A top source in army was quoted saying, "the American Army finds itself in a lot of different countries where cultural awareness is critical. There will be some very talented folks in this group," he added.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)