I have this huge question.....is the US army recruting F1 students in regular army may be even in marines or Navy any time soon...apart from the Mavini program...its just too limited quota..for so many students.. just 11 nepalese inlisted..am wondering will the Army recruit students in larger amount any time soon is it possible. will it happen?????
FORT WORTH, Texas — A Fort Hood soldier who faces up to a month in jail for refusing deployment to Afghanistan said it's been liberating to stand up for his beliefs despite the threat of a harsher penalty.
Army Spc. Victor Agosto, 24, of Miami, will plead guilty Wednesday to disobeying lawful orders, said his attorney, James M. Branum. As part of a plea agreement with military prosecutors, Agosto faces up to 30 days in jail and cannot be discharged at a level lower than other-than-honorable conditions, an administrative discharge.
A discharge is not automatic, but the Army is expected to release Agosto after his jail sentence, Branum said.
Lt. Col. Ben Danner, a Fort Hood spokesman, said officials could not comment on Agosto's case until after the court proceedings.
Military officials initially planned to try him in a special court-martial in which the maximum penalty is a year in jail and a bad conduct discharge, Branum said. Only a dishonorable discharge is more severe.
Agosto did not apply for conscientious objector status, which means a soldier is opposed to all wars. He said he does not believe war is wrong but that he came to oppose the one in Iraq after returning from a 13-month deployment in late 2007. He said he never saw combat because his job was working with computers on a base.
"I realized that the war in Iraq had nothing to do with making Americans safe," Agosto told The Associated Press by telephone on Tuesday. "After I got back, I started feeling guilty about my part in the occupation. Although I wasn't pulling the trigger, I was giving support for the people who were."
Upon returning to Fort Hood, the central Texas Army post about 150 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Agosto became involved in the peace community and Iraq Veterans Against the War.
After learning earlier this year that the Army was keeping him beyond his June enlistment date, a practice known as "stop-loss," he told his commander that he would not deploy to Afghanistan. He decided to remain at Fort Hood rather than go AWOL.
A few weeks later, in May, he stopped training with his unit because he "found it difficult to reconcile that even though I wasn't going, I was helping them prepare." He then had to pull weeds and sweep.
Agosto said he was never mistreated by his fellow soldiers or superiors. Many troops have said they support him and flash him the peace sign, and even those who disagree with him still say they respect him, he said.
"This whole experience has been pretty liberating," Agosto said. And while he has been nervous at times, "it's better than going to Afghanistan and serving in a war I don't believe in."
I am from Texas, and i have tried as much as i can to get into the Air Force, but. each and every time i go to requiter they ask me to provide INS form I-551 i.e., legal residency proof/permanent residency paper. i have talked about this with immigration department in Dallas but,they told that the only way to get INS is through marriage, legal work authorization or asylum, i don't want to go these way , because i know that there is some way to get into USA Military, please help me with it, i need some info about it, where can i get help.
Capt. James Mitchell examines a man's teeth in Baghdad. The Army has identified a shortage of medical specialists in the ranks, and is using the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest pilot recruiting program to bring in more doctors and other skilled medical professionals from among legal aliens in the United States.
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 23, 2009) -- The Army plans to fill shortages in critical language and medical billets with "legally present non-citizens."
Under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest pilot recruiting program -- a Department of Defense-wide initiative -- the Secretary of Defense has authorized the Army to recruit up to 890 individuals who are living legally in the United States but who are not citizens. Through service to the Army, those individuals may be able to earn citizenship.
To participate in the MAVNI program, individuals must possess skills needed to fill billets where the Army has identified shortages. The Army has identified shortages in foreign language skills and specific professional medical skills, said Dr. Naomi Verdugo, who serves as the assistant deputy for recruiting for the assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
"We've never, until this program, had a way to access highly educated non-citizens who are here legally but don't have Green Cards," said Verdugo. "We're targeting this group, mainly because they fill two important critical needs: healthcare skills and language and culture skills. That's two groups that are hard for us to get."
With the MAVNI program, the Army is looking for individuals that can speak languages such as Bengali, Hungarian, Lao, Nepalese, Somali, Urdu or Yoruba. In fact, there are 35 different languages the Army is looking for.
To fill medical billets, the Army is looking for pediatricians, family practice doctors, oral surgeons, urologists, plastic surgeons, dentists, microbiologists, and operating room nurses, in addition to nearly 30 other specialties.
Through the MAVNI program, the Army plans to bring in 557 individuals with language skills and 333 individuals with medical skills.
Verdugo said all medical professionals that are brought in under the MAVNI program must be licensed to practice their skill in the United States. All those brought in under MAVNI must also be skilled in English.
The Army will find recruits with language skills through the New York City recruiting battalion only, due to the high level of foreign language speakers in that region. For those with medical skills, the Army will pull from across the United States.
Verdugo said the Army isn't officially advertising the MAVNI program, but expects it to be successful through word of mouth.
"We are kind of expecting them to come in with no advertising for this program," she said. "We are reaching out to immigration attorneys, they will in turn inform their clients. And some hospitals have also expressed interest in helping us to get citizenship for their doctors."
Those brought into the Army under the MAVNI program are entitled to apply for American citizenship, and their applications for citizenship will be expedited. Nevertheless, those that apply for citizenship as a result of service in the Army and are subsequently declined for citizenship, may be subject to dismissal from the Army.
United States laws 10 USC Sec. 504 and 8 USC Sec. 1440 spell out when non-citizens may join the U.S. military and how they may apply for citizenship as a result of that service.
Applicants for the MAVNI program must meet specific criteria before they can be accepted into the Army. For instance, the legality of each applicant will be verified through the Department of Homeland Security before the individual is accepted into the Army. Additionally, each enlistee will be subject to the same stringent background checks and security screenings all Army enlistees undergo.
Applicants to MAVNI must also meet or exceed typical recruiting standards for the Army. For instance, all accepted into the Army through MAVNI must have a high school diploma, score above average -- over 50th percentile -- on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery, and must not be in need of a waiver for conduct.
The MAVNI program is a pilot program -- which means it is a test. The deadline to declare a desire to participate in the program is Dec. 31. After the pilot program has concluded, the Army and other participating services will track the progress of participants and share that information with the Department of Defense.
"We will be collecting data and outcome measures of how these folks do in the military," Verdugo said. "Every other month we will assess that data to determine what it is telling us. At the end of the one-year pilot, or after we reach the program capacity, we will sit down with DOD and look at what comes next."
The Defense Department has authorized the U.S. Army to implement, under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program, a test that permits the enlistment of certain legal aliens into the U.S. Army. To be eligible for consideration, you must be legally present in the United States, and able to provide a passport, I-94 card, I-797 form, your employment authorization document or other government issued documents proving your legal presence in the United States.
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