Military Option for Certain Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Holders

By: Louise Viloria

The Pentagon announced Thursday that they are allowing certain Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) holders an option to apply for the military. Those accepted are promised “expedited citizenship” contingent on the successful completion of ten weeks of Basic Training. Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) had previously been open to legal immigrants only. This program focuses on those with particular language or medical skills.

From the recruitment site:

“Program Criteria:

1. Individuals must be in one of the following categories at the time of their enlistment:

Non-immigrant categories E, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q, R, S, T, TC, TD, TN, U, OR V  Asylee, refugee, Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

2. They must be legally present in the U.S. for a minimum of 2 years without a single extended absence over 90 days.

3. Must meet certain Army criteria to include: a high school diploma, plus qualifying scores on the Armed Forces Qualification Test, and proficiency test in the native language.

Current languages recruited:

Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Burmese, Cebuano, Cambodian-Khmer, Chinese, Czech, French (with citizenship from an African Country), Georgian, Haitian, Creole, Hausa, Hindi, Igbo, Indonesian, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Malay, Malayalam, Moro (Tausug/Maranao/Maguindanao), Nepalese, Pashto, Persian Dari, Persian Farsi, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sindhi, Serbo-Croatian, Singhalese, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Urdu (with citizenship from Pakistan or Afghanistan), Uzbek, Yoruba

Current medical specialties recruited:

Regular Army (Active Duty): General Dentist, Comprehensive Dentist, Oral Surgeon, Pediatrician, Psychiatrist, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Nuclear Science Officer, Entomologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist

Army Reserve: General Dentist, Comprehensive Dentist, Prosthodontist, Oral Surgeon, Preventive Medicine, Urologist, Anesthesiologist, Ophthalmologist, Otolaryngologist (ENT), Psychiatrist, Family Physician, General Surgeon, Thoracic Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, Emergency Medicine, Entomologist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Physician Assistant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner”


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