Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Citizenship for foreign-born troops...

Sixty U.S. service members from countries including Cuba, Ethiopia, the Phillippines and Vietnam became American citizens on Monday during a ceremony at a U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan,
"There is no better way to recognize the sacrifices they are making here than to grant them the right to call themselves U.S. Citizens," said Army Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
A day earlier nearly 180 U.S. solders in Iraq were sworn in as U.S. citizens during a ceremony at the Balad Air Base, 50 miles north of Baghdad.
Citizenship is not required for the military, but serving in the armed forces is a way to qualify for citizenship. The United States military is in the beginning stages of becoming an mercenary army. When the citizen's of a great nation don't step up and we resort to lower standards to fill the ranks we are in trouble.

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