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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Citizen Soldiers

From CNS News:

One hundred sixty-six soldiers serving overseas in the U.S. military recently became citizens as the result of 2003 legislation allowing naturalization ceremonies to occur outside the U.S.

President Bush signed the National Defenses Authorization Act (NDAA) on Nov. 23, 2003 after having issued an executive order in 2002 that expedited the citizenship process for servicemembers.

Since passage of the NDAA, 730 American soldiers from nearly every country have been granted citizenship while serving overseas; 374 were sworn in while stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and the Korean Peninsula.

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