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Old 03-12-2015, 12:58 PM
 
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what if a person immigrated to the US from another country like Russia, China, Egypt, Iran, etc

and they are a former soldier from one of those countries, can they join the US military?
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Old 03-12-2015, 01:01 PM
 
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Yes, depending on the Country.

Security clearances will be limited (as will MOS's) though.
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Old 03-12-2015, 01:02 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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from another country like
Depends... I have seen and knew former British soldiers in the U.S. Army. We had a U.S. Army First Sergeant in 1972 who was a former Soviet "Tank" Commander.

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Old 03-12-2015, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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My National Guard battery had to transfer a man to the infantry battalion in the next community because he was South African and we were tactical nuclear capable
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:17 PM
 
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what if a person immigrated to the US from another country like Russia, China, Egypt, Iran, etc

and they are a former soldier from one of those countries, can they join the US military?

As someone else stated,...depends.
I have served with immigrants from other countries that were serving with US forces (USAF,ARMY) that have served in their native countries.
They had no choice as their country of origin had/has compulsory military training (conscription) ranging from 12, 18 or 24 months.

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Old 03-13-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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An immigrant with permanent US resident status can only enlist in the US armed Forces. Their position will be limited by their inability to obtain a security clearance which is prohibited by law. Their service in the armed forces of their county is only a factor if that country's militarily is listed as hostile to the US Government or if not listed, had engaged in armed conflict with the US government.

An immigrant with US citizenship can enlist, be appointed, or commissioned in the US armed Forces. Their position will be limited by the ability to obtain a specific security clearance. So long as that foreign country allows our agencies to conduct a proper security clearance investigation, they will be treated the same as any other naturally born US citizen. Their service in the armed forces of their county is only a factor if that country's militarily had engaged in armed conflict with the US government.

In most cases, the determination is based on many factors and, as many have said, depends.
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Old 06-27-2015, 10:51 AM
 
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What if he was an AWOL? And has been charged administratively but not criminally... In my case, I was in the Philippine National Police.. I left because when my wife gave birth to our child I asked permission to our Provincial Director(equiv. Battalion Cmdr) to have a pass in order for me to take my wife to the hospital. He denied my request. I was aware that I have infracted a direct order but what is a direct order when your wife and your child's life is at stake. I have a brother in the United States and he said try the career again this time in a foreign soil. I'm a nurse and have passed the NCLEX-RN exam and soon we will be moving in TX. The law here is different from the US, AWOL military/police members are not being jailed in the philippines instead they are just being prohibited to apply in any government agency and charged administratively. Will an AWOL charge be a barrier for my application?
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:46 PM
 
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No one is going to know you were in the national police, let alone that you were AWOL.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:04 AM
 
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And if the army finds out?
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:18 AM
 
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My guess is "nothing."
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