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Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Elisha Manning performs a routine dental cleaning aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima. (DTI/US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad R. Erdmann)
Daniel Zimmermann, DTI

Daniel Zimmermann, DTI

Thu. 11 December 2008

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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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