U.S. soldiers facing cutbacks recruited by foreign militaries
We are looking for serving or ex-serving foreign military personnel, who can directly transfer their job and life skills to whichever Service they join, with limited training and preparation.
Australia’s program has been in operation for a number of years, and the nation pays relocation bonuses of up to $200,000 to foreign soldiers. Not all are happy with the program. War graves advocate, John Saddington said
It’s an absolute disgrace, we are hiring mercenaries. New Zealand is also recruiting from the United States, specifically targeting former Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers, a practice that may result in the traveling soldier having U.S. citizenship issues. Section 349(a)(3) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act provides for a loss of citizenship if a U.S. citizen
serves in the armed forces of any foreign country as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer. Russia is willing to accept foreign soldiers aged 18 to 30, as long as they speak Russian fluently. Foreigners in the Russian military are given a different oath of military service where they swear loyalty to the Russian Constitution and to unconditionally fulfill their commander’s orders. Applicants are not required to provide much documentation to enlist, and are given a Russian passport after three years of service. Since 2009, Israel has recruited over 8,000 foreign soldiers into their armed forces through what is known as the “lone-soldier program.” Over 1,600 of those originated from the United States. Though the French have a long history of employing foreigners in their military, Americans make up only approximately 1% of the famed French Foreign Legion.
The U.S. force reduction is also expected to swell the ranks of private military companies employed by nations and corporations alike with a fresh influx of experienced soldiers.