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Old 10-30-2017, 03:17 PM
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Hey there,

Here's my situation. I'm currently a senior in college looking to attend OCS for the US Navy after I graduate. The only potential issue is I'm a Swedish citizen by extension of my mom, who is a legal immigrant. I was born in America, I'm just a Swedish citizen because of my mom. I do have a Swedish passport, but I haven't used it in years, I've never lived in Sweden, I've never voted for any of their elections, and I've never reaped any real benefits of being a citizen.

Could this still be an issue with the security clearance required for OCS? If they ask me to renounce it, do I have to? Am I allowed to say no/can they forcibly remove it from my name?
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:42 PM
Location: Richmond, VA
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It may very well be an issue. They can’t forcibly remove it, but if you aren’t at least willing to renounce it yourself, they will almost certainly say no to you becoming a US officer. You MUST have a security clearance of secret (minimum) to be a commissioned officer, and dual citizenship shows potential divided loyalties. There are ways to mitigate almost anything, but a flat refusal to give up the passport and citizenship is evidence of foreign preference.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:24 PM
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As GeorgiaTransplant mentioned, U.S. military officers and attendees at OCS must be eligible for securityclearance.

Here are the factors that are considered to get clearance, this comes direct from the Military.com website:

Security Clearances: Are You Eligible? | Military.com

Note this portion:

Guideline C: Foreign Preference
The Concern:

When an individual acts in such a way as to indicate a preference for a foreign country over the United States.
Conditions that could raise a security concern and may be disqualifying include:

The exercise of dual citizenship;
Possession and/or use of a foreign passport;

Conditions that could mitigate security concerns include:

Dual citizenship is based solely on parents' citizenship or birth in a foreign country;

Indicators of possible foreign preference (e.g., foreign military service) occurred before obtaining United States citizenship;

Activity is sanctioned by the United States;

Individual has expressed a willingness to renounce dual citizenship.

That said, I would suggest that you contact a local military recruiting office to discuss your situation. They would best be able to advise you on the best steps to take to do to prepare for these requirements. With the military and security clearances it is best to go straight to the source and not assume anything.

Good luck!
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Old 10-31-2017, 02:18 AM
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fwiw, I met a USAF intelligence officer with dual citizenship (UK + USA).

back in the 90's.
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