Originally Posted by stevej64
You born in the USA you should not be allowed to join a foreign army.You want to join a foreign army whats wrong with the USA army?
Why not? Why should patriotism alone be the only reason to join an army, American or otherwise?
You seem to think there's something wrong with joining a foreign army, but thousands of American patriots have, in many wars, out of pure patriotic fervor. They wanted to get into the fight before the nation they loved so much did, and couldn't wait for Congress to catch up with their emotions.
There have been many men who enlisted in a foreign army for valid reasons that have nothing to do with patriotism, and they were never traitors who betrayed their American motherland in any way during their service.
Lots of young men joined the French Foreign Legion just for the adventure it offered, the chance to go places they would have never seen otherwise, for gaining knowledge and experience that could not be found in the American army, or even for the racial and social equality that was only in the Foreign Legion and not in ours.
Others enlist in a foreign army as a way of gaining dual citizenship. It is possible to have patriotic feelings for more than one nation, and it's equally possible that being a citizen of two countries means the person would never betray either of them in any way.
If the Army had to depend on patriots only to perform, it would have never won any wars. It would have never been an effective army, either.
Patriotism is good in a recruit, but so is the opportunity the military may provide, a chance to start over to rebuild a better life, and all kinds of other reasons.
When the reality of military life meets the false expectations that can come from patriotism, the reality usually overcomes, and the patriotism sours into other feelings.
Personally, when I enlisted in the Navy 50 years ago, I was patriotic enough, but the biggest reason I chose the Navy was because it offered me a way to go see the world at a time in my life when I had never seen an ocean, nor had ever been farther east than Denver.
The Navy delivered exactly what I wanted from it. In spades. I literally went around the world several times. I went to places and saw many things I would have never seen.
And from the first, I never intended to make a career of my service; I wanted to get in, advance as much as I could, and get out after serving as good as I could.
All that happened, and patriotism didn't have a lot to do with any of it. I was patriotic then, just as I am now.
I could have done the same, joining the Canadian navy, but ours had a local recruiter. Theirs didn't.