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The U.S. Army has stopped enlisting some immigrants who are legal permanent residents while mandating lengthy delays for others, part of a controversial effort across the military to tighten security in the ranks by subjecting foreign-born recruits to tougher background checks.

Implemented quietly late last week, the new policy halts indefinitely all enlistments involving green card holders seeking to join the Army Reserve, which is a part-time military service commitment. Green card holders seeking to become full-time soldiers remain eligible to enlist in the active-duty Army, but they are no longer allowed to start basic training before their background checks are complete – a process that could take a year or more.

Caught up in policy changes are potentially hundreds of immigrants already in the Army’s recruiting pipeline, and thousands more who would have followed. Many have prioritized military service with the goal of gaining fast-tracked citizenship – a perk the Army can offer as it competes with the private sector for talented applicants.

The Pentagon defends this and related measures implemented in recent months, claiming they’re necessary to prevent terrorists and foreign agents from infiltrating the American military.

Critics deride the moves as potentially unlawful, and that they’ll turn away prospective troops who possess language and medical skills desperately needed throughout the armed forces. The piecemeal, secretive manner in which these new rules have been adopted has caused widespread confusion for recruits and recruiters alike, opponents say, and sends a terrible message.

“It looks like we’re now afraid of foreigners in the military. And that means mission failure,” said Margaret Stock, a retired Army officer who created an immigrant recruitment program for the military. “If you’re going to be deployed in more than 100 countries to fight a global war, you can’t be afraid of foreigners.”

Other new regulations also extend the waiting period for military green card holders to become naturalized U.S. citizens. Previously, that could occur just weeks into basic training. Now active-duty recruits must wait a 180 days.

The dramatic policy changes have eroded confidence among recruits closely monitoring every development. One Army Reserve recruit, a green card holder from Haiti, told The Post on Wednesday that his training date was suspended with no indication when he can expect to resume the enlistment process.

“We had a contract and now they’re not going to respect the terms,” said the recruit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisal.

“It’s confusing. There is no explanation. Even the recruiter doesn’t know what is happening,” he said.

Since the 9/11 terror attacks, more than 100,000 immigrants have been naturalized through military service. Turning away immigrants, who make up more than 13 percent of the U.S. population, will dry up a reliable recruiting pool at a time the Army, desperate to reach quotas, is enlisting some men and women with weak qualifications, Stock said.

Moreover, as U.S. law says permanent residents are permitted to enlist, the new policy may violate treaties with the independent island nations of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau. Those citizens have a legal right to enlist, said Stock, who is an immigration attorney.

The US Army is now responsible for a variety of operations around the world.
But the service’s ranks have also shrunk in recent years.
The Army is now beefing up its numbers and is looking at ways to bring on more recruits.

The US Army is now facing missions in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as growing demand for personnel in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
It's about time !!!

Think of the deaths that would have been prevented had that policy never been valid in the first place!