The process is being sped up, especially for those who serve in a combat zone.No, Thorin, citizenship is not automatic. They have to go through the same lengthy and convoluted process that all naturalized citizens do. They apply and wait, apply and wait, apply and wait, all while serving in uniform. I knew quite a few in the Marines.
I've read of Mexican nationals serving with the Marines who died in combat have have been granted citizenship posthumously.
There was also a brief international incident when the family of a deceased Marine/Mexican national requested a military funeral...in Mexico.
Given the history involved, the Mexican government doesn't like armed US Marines on its soil. In the end, the problem was resolved and the Marine was buried.
The process is being sped up, especially for those who serve in a combat zone.
This isn't anything new nor unusual. We have recruited and accepted foreigners in our armed forces for decades.
I think the services are missing out on the untapped fighting potential of cheerlearders:
When Cheerleaders Attack! - SaintsReport Community Forums
I'd like to see the stats on recruited vs. accepted.
Seems to be reaching new levels and actively approaching new countries where economics would be a powerful incentive to sign on to the project.