For the pilot program , Ny was given 10,000 recruits. It got filled so fast they added additional 5000. The program has been very succesful. Us army is considering of running the program in metro areas such as dc but it wont start until august but by then they might be exhausted with f1 status recruits.
Best way to get all the info is thru a recruiter in NY . Things change in army every single day . Whats available today might not be tomorrow.
IF you do decide to join us army , do a lot of research remeber you are going to be a soldier first no matter what your mos (militiary occupational speciality) Jobs title is . Thats why army are called soldier unlike airforce , navy or coast guard.
Good luck ,
If you need specific info ask me I will try calling in to recruiting center .
Call SGT Eric Long at 347-524-1989 (Cell) or 718-891-2044 (Office). He is a great person and will help you. The whole process takes about 7-10 business days. ASVAB test, Physical includes blood, vision, hearing and drug screening, Language interview over the phone and then Contract.
I am off to training in October and hope to see some of you. Do remember to tell him I gave you his number. Thanx!
I got a call from the MAVNI program to attend for the tests. They were saying I have to move there in NY to join this program. I am writing this because I am a family man with a kid residing out of the state.
Do any one have idea what the benefit for the family/myself if I join the army? Are they give allowences for the apartment/flat? Just wondering...
Military gives housing allowance according to the state that you or your family is residing. There is 100% medical insurance for you and your family but you have to pay small amount of money for that. Nothing is free. Military is not about making money; it is about saving money, using all the benefits they are providing for you and your family, and serving this country. I did my 5 years and I loved it. I enjoyed it means, it does not apply to everyone. I have seen some nasty situations, still it is one of the best job in the world. Nothing is risk free. After you guys are selected from MEPS, you guys will be taken to the boot camp for 3 months (here they will change you folks to the military personal), after boot camp you guys will be taken to the school to specialize in your selective field (it is good to ask someone who is in the military so that you folks can decide which job to choose) and finally you guys will be back to your assigned units and do your job. Not all the soliders are deployed overseas, they will only deploy you if you or your units is needed overseas. Like someone said above, things changes in the military everyday, so the best way to know all the answers is to call the recruiter. Have a good one folks.
I just wanted to respond to some rumors about the Army's MAVNI pilot program.
Army will take those foreigners who can speak one or more of 35 different languages (good news is HINDI and NEPALI both qualifies). Its not 10000 quotas, its 1000 quotas divided among the linguists and Medical care folks.
About the US Army MAVNI Program, these are the facts: Please read them carefully if you are still interested, but its already little too late,
A. Its a pilot program not regular, Won't continue next year. Its Called MAVNI.
B. Almost all quotas are filled ( 600 language based & 400 Health care provider based )
C. Hindi and Nepali qualifies as the Language. Hindi quota is already filled but they may take 5- 10 Nepalis by the end of the Year.
D. Should have lived in the US for last two years continuously but not with a maximum absence of 90 days or beyond in those years.
E.Its a regular army jobs, those with college degrees but not associates, qualifies for the officers program after the boot camp.
F. The USCIS will start processing your Citizenship as soon as you succefully enlist for the US Army jobs ( Your families as well )
G. The only places they are recruiting are in New York and Los Angeles, Las Vegas might start soon, but the slots are mostly filled so don't know
H. You have to commit 8 years ( 4 years of Active and 4 of Inactive) once you enlist. If you decide to quit, you will most probably loose your citizenship, if caught 2 years of jail and deported to your home country.
I. You get all the benefits of the US Army, after 4 years army will have to pay you 60-85,000 dollars for your and your families education.
J. If you get killed in Action or during training, your family will recieve between 500000-600000 dollars and your salary for at least 20 years.
K. If you think its too late, wait till next year to apply for the Airforce and NAVY MAVNI program. Both the branches are taking 500 foreign nationals each. HINDI will sure be one of those 35 languages but Nepali, I am not sure.
L. So far 11 Nepalis have successfully (including me) enlisted based on language preference. We, encourage more.
M. No matter what you are qualified for or even with the doctorate degree, you will just be a regular soldier (privates, E 4s and corporals) for the fisrt few years. Your chance of being an officer depends on your skills, education level and a little luck.
This is prepared for all SAJHA users by one of the MAVNI enlisted soldier born and raised in Nepal, with the help of Seargent Anthony Aure, MAVNI recruiter LA, USA.
I wish you good luck, feel free to comment. These are the facts!!
US army pay is not that great but when you count all the benefits it comes with it, its actually descent and higher over something like 40000-50000 K each year.
A. IF you are single, all family members in Nepal, you get 1600 dollars after tax cut, if you have a bachelor's degree, if not,, even lesser. But, no cost for medical insurance for you and the family (and its far better than most private insurance), no cost for food and lodging. Just guess how much you be spending on these items if you were to work for a private company?
B. If you bring your family here or they already live in the States. It's great, You will be given 13-15000 dollars extra for each year to house and feed them.
C. If your unit and your deployed overseas you will get extra 300-500 each month.
D. If you think army sucks and you do not want to be with them after four years. The Montgomery GI bill entitles you around 1700-2000 every month for about four years, but you will have to be in the college or learning some vocational skill during that period (this is real and is the most coolest thing in the ARMY). Once you enlist you get at least 5000 dollars as bonus and family support aside from you salary. You get paid more if you join the ARMY infantry (i.e. combat troops)
E. About NAVY and AirForce. Its 3 times tougher to get in there compared to the ARMY. However, they will start taking people next year and only that year. Each of those branches will be taking 250 medical professionsl and 250 linguists ( I assume you qualify under this). But be watchful, army policy is to not to go in public about this policy (MAVNI), as this is test program and not regular.
F. You can still apply for the ARMY under Nepalese language catagory, but to be honest most quotas are already taken and there are only very few left. If you want to get, just rock the nepali language test and ASVAB (get aleast 90 on 100) to guarantee your position.
Nepali tiger bro, I was told by the recruiter to choose punjabi language as hindi category is fulfilled and Nepali language carries one of the least points. what would be a better idea?? Nepali or punjabi?? I think Hindi and punjabi are pretty much and similar and I will still have time to learn punjabi. Your suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks
Punjabi also is in second tier while Nepali is in the third tier (Hindi is in the first tier like Arabic, so whoever applied first and passed the test they were enlisted right away). Even if you chose punjabi and pass your language, educational, physical etc; you will still be placed in the pool of many others and from among the best will be chosen regardless of the language they can speak or write. Although, if you say you know more other languages than Punjabi your chances of getting selected is comparatively high.
Keep trying, you will succeed. If not this year you can try next year for the Airforce or may be the Navy.
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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