The MAVNI Program For FY 2016

Mavni Program

Before the creation of the MAVNI Program, Foreign Nationals have served in the Military since the Revolutionary War. The Military Bases Agreement of 1947 allowed Filipino nationals into the Navy. In the 1950’s the Lodge Act permitted immigrants from Eastern Europe to enlist.

Today, approximately 35,000 non-citizens serve on active duty, with an additional 5,000 enlisting every year. To recognize the sacrifices made by non-citizens during times of war, they are provided with an opportunity for expedited citizenship under a July 2002 Executive Order. Approximately 80,000 members of the Armed Forces have attained their citizenship while serving.

Expedited Citizenship

Individuals who join the Army through this program are able to move from non-immigrant visa or asylee/refugee/TPS directly to citizenship, bypassing the Green Card process.
In most cases participants in the program will become naturalized U.S. citizens by the time they graduate from ten weeks of Basic Combat Training or accept a commission as Army Officers.

So What Is The MAVNI Program

Military Accessions Vital To National Interest (MAVNI) is a program that was authorized by the US Secretary of Defense. The program allows Military Recruiter’s to recruit certain legal aliens, who possess skill sets considered to be vital to our national defense. Individuals holding these critical skills would be eligible to enlist without regard to their citizenship status.

The Army is currently seeking certain nonimmigrant aliens with foreign language abilities. In addition, Health Care Professionals (doctors, dentist, nurses), can apply to be an AMEDD Officer.

As of June 3, 2016, the MAVNI program remains open and with approximately 600 vacancies nationwide. June 24, 2016, the program is officially closed for FY 16. The program will close sometime during the month of July. If you are interested in the program, please consider the Active Army versus a Reserve enlistment.

For additional information about the 2016-2017 MAVNI Program:





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About the Author MSG Washington

MSG Washington has served within the ranks of the United States Army since June of 2001. With ten years of recruiting experience, he is an expert on Recruiting Operations, who willingly assists applicants across the Country with their enlistment process.

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