Posted on Jan 2, 2018
Elena Russo
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Visit a USMC Recruiter. Some countries are barred from enlistment, and there are citizenship requirements. Foreign languages are often needed. Here's an unofficial and an official link, but there are plenty more. Call or email the local Recruiter and they will screen you over the phone or net and go from there.

http://work.chron.com/join-us-marines-foreigner-19967.html

https://www.marines.com/
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Elena Russo
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Thank you, the article and post you submitted is definitely accurate.
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Elena Russo - I read your responses. It seems citizenship is an issue. If you contact these Marines they can possibly determine that for certain. If the Army will take him he can do a tour with them. He may like it, but it may make it easier to join USMC afterwards. There are no transfers generally, so he would likely have to complete one tour and then enlist, or maybe join USMC from the start. At age 19, he still has time to live his dream. If he joins Army he would later have to attend USMC boot camp but possibly with some rank; maybe one paygrade higher. I hope it works out, but I should tell you he will need a good score on the ASVAB, good health, and no serious criminal offenses. Here is a link to USMC Europe, and one about another young man who faced adversity in becoming a Marine. Good luck and don't give up on it. He is blessed with a good and loyal Aunt. Semper Fidelis, Will

https://www.facebook.com/marinerecruitingeurope/
https://www.military.com/marine-corps-birthday/badass-of-the-week-jacklyn-h-lucas.html
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Elena Russo
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We truly appreciate your time in reading all the responses and then providing new consistent links. I enjoyed reading the story of Jack Lucas, an impressive series of bravery, chutzpah and Semper Fi spirit; every paragraph was a new coup de théâtre. Thank you for sharing, Will.
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Elena Russo - My pleasure. I'm somewhat envious of you living in Italy. I've been to Rome, Naples, Pompei, Sorrento, Ercolano (Herculaneum) and Brindisi. I definitely want to see Sorrento again. I'd like to spend a few days at Lake Como also. I hope things will work out for your Nephew. Best Wishes, Will
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Cpl Christopher Allen-Shinn
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In addition to the previous comments already made, I’ll add a couple of things:

1. Citizens of friendly foreign nations who are (or are eligible to be) legal residents of the USA are generally welcome to enlist, provided that they meet all of the other requirements (like physical fitness, education, clean criminal history).

2. Non-citizens may not become commissioned officers, just as US citizens may not be commissioned into another nation’s military.

I went through boot camp with 3 guys from other countries. Good luck!
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Elena Russo
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Thanks!
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SPC David Willis
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I was deployed with a guy from England, didn't want citizenry or a green card or nothing, just wanted to be a part of the only military still blowing stuff up at the time haha.
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Elena Russo
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Exactly! We have the same situation here, he does not care about citizenry etc. as well. Others in this thread mentioned of having had non national and foreigner soldiers in their military units. It is not hard to guess why a young healthy man with strong beliefs and values wishes to be a Marine. I hope that the Govt might cancel the current ban at least for Nato members, in a way that a motivated good foreigner could be part of the Few and the Proud. :-)
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SSG David McPherson
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Go to the Recruiter that’s how
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Elena Russo
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Done that, thank you for the prompt reply.
The recruiter would be very happy to take him (my nephew) but there are obviously problems with the papers: in order for a foreigner to serve in the US Military, at least a permanent green card is needed.
Until a while ago, there was the I-551 recruiting Green Card, but now I-551 is no more an option, as such path is temporarily unavailable and possibly getting canceled.
My nephew met this morning a JAG, got said that the Army might have a way to accept him; we of course are trying to get connected with an Army recruiter before he leaves the Country, but in the meanwhile posting here, just in case.
Also, do you or anybody know, please, how hard or easy is to move from Army to USMC? I read another old post on that topic, but the question actually was not fully answered. Thank you. :-)
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SSG David McPherson
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To transfer branches he would have to go through Marine Boot Camp
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CPT Lawrence Cable
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Elena Russo - Yes, the minimum requirement is that the recruit be a legal permanent resident. As of recent, I551 recruits are being put on delayed entry to allow time for a full background check and security clearance. This is kind of a pain in the ass, but it prevents having to reclass a soldier in the middle of AIT when you find out he can't get a Secret Clearance.
Aside for exceptions for National Security reasons for people like Language and Cultural experts in a certain area, I don't know of another route for aliens.
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Elena Russo
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That's correct, we just learned in those last 24 hours thanks also to the people who posted here. At the moment, for aliens, there is no any other route unless the Language and Cultural experts for certain specific areas. Sad, but at lest now we know.
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