Australia looking for a few good U.S. troops – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs


Prospective U.S. military recruits have long been told “Uncle Sam wants you!”

Well, Stars and Stripes reports Tuesday that Australia wants you even more and is willing to pay for it.

“The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) welcomes enquiries from both officers and sailors who are interested in a new career and new life in Australia,” the Australian Navy’s website says.

The U.S. ally down under is seeking everything from submariners to doctors at ranks from enlisted to officers in all branches of its services and salaries can be substantially higher, according to the Stars and Stripes report.

via Australia looking for a few good U.S. troops – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs.

I think the Australians are just jim dandy. And I can see some folks being pretty tempted by this.  But there are possible (even probable) consequences to serving in the Armed Forces of a foreign power. Like, losing your US citizenship.

If someone thinks that is the route for them, fair enough. But there’s no way on earth I’d ever give up my citizenship. I won life’s lottery just by being born here, and I know it.

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5 responses to “Australia looking for a few good U.S. troops – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs

  1. Not that I am claiming on having any military background, but I love Australia. I do not think I would ever move there the gun laws are way too strict.
    From what I understand X you need not give up US citizenship.

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  2. LT Rusty

    I don’t think you’d lose your citizenship for enlisting, but you absolutely would for accepting a commission.

    I could certainly see the attraction of it. Unfortunately, it’d mean that I’d have to give up most of my toys … and, sorry, I’m not doing that.

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  3. Mark Dunlap SFC Rigger (Ret).

    Some of the details (two), that I can speak to as I have friends in the old 3 RAR (Royal Australian Regiment) that is unusual by our standards is that one contributes out of pocket to one’s housing (whether base or barracks), and also garrison meals. They do get paid more and there is that citizenship issue. Seems I recall many applications and clearance forms that asked if I had ever served in a foreign armed force. I’ve slept since then so…… Regards

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  4. SCOTUS ruled that mere service in a foreign military is not sufficient to lose you citizenship. I’m not sure that would apply to accepting a commission, however. There are consequences, however, to foreign military service if you come back to the states and serve in the US Military.

    Not long after I got off active duty, there was a Signalman who had served in the IDF, and then came back to the Navy. He had been a Radioman, but because of his service in the IDF he could not get a top Secret clearance anymore so he became a signalman. He did not lose his citizenship, however.

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