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US military recruits foreign doctors

By Daniel Zimmermann, DTI
December 11, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: The US Department of Defense has announced the start of a recruiting campaign aimed at foreigners living in the United States on temporary visas, to fill critical shortages of medical personnel in the military.

In recent years, the Army has had trouble recruiting medical professionals, not meeting its goals for applicants for medical and dental scholarships in exchange for military service. The campaign, which has been under consideration for several years, allows the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force to recruit from the thousands of foreigners studying in the United States temporarily as legal aliens. Currently, there are about 29,000 non-citizens serving in the US military in return for expedited citizenship.

Since 2001, nearly 43,000 foreigners have become citizens while serving in the military

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