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Independence Week Roundup!

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Did you know that you don’t need to be a citizen of the United States to serve in the Army? From dhs.org:

161 U.S. Soldiers Naturalized in Baghdad



July 4, 2007 (Baghdad, Iraq) – During an Independence Day ceremony at Camp Victory, 161 soldiers became naturalized U.S. citizens.



Army Gen. David Petraeus said the troops being naturalized as U.S. citizens were most deserving: “When you enlisted into the Armed Forces you swore to support and defend a Constitution that did not yet fully apply to you. You chose to endure the same sacrifices as your fellow comrades in arms to preserve the freedom of a land that was not yet fully yours. You accepted that you might have to pay the ultimate price on behalf of a nation to which you did not fully belong. Now, you will officially become citizens of the United States, a country to which each of you has already borne true faith and allegiance in your hearts and your deeds.”

Absolutely incredible, I love America. Happy Independence Week everyone and have a great weekend.

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6 Responses to “Independence Week Roundup!”

  1. Tricia says:

    Thank you Jim :)

  2. saladdin says:

    When I served, I came across a guy from Jamica. He told me that he wanted to be an American and when he served a set time in the military(forget now, maybe a 4 year term) his application went straight to the top. What better reward is there for being shot at?

    For those that are wondering. There are only certain jobs that they as non-citizens are eligible for. This guy (and the others that fall in this category) do not receive security clearance at the level that citizens do. There are documents-Confidental, Secret, Top Secret etc..–that a soldier will come into contact with and handle. Non-citizens can not look, touch or read the higher levels.

    But this was 10 years ago and some things do change….

  3. thomas says:

    The 65 000 dead innocent Iraqis are very happy for the newly naturalized citizens. Isn’t America great!

    • christina says:

      thomas,

      Do you honestly believe that there would be fewer dead innocents under the previous regime? Casualties, both civilian and military are terrible, but many people forget that Peace can have a high cost; oppression, lack of freedom and even the deaths of innocents.

      Thank you to all active service people and veterans!

  4. Sam says:

    @ thomas

    Gotta love that manifest destiny!

  5. plonkee says:

    Did you know that you don’t have to be a British citizen to join the British army?

    Its not that uncommon for armed forces to have soldiers who are non-citizens especially countries with a large colonial or immigrant heritage (like UK, US, France, etc).

    But thats not to negate the sacrifices of all armed forces and especially their non-citizen members.


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