259 Soldiers Become Americans In Mass Ceremony
In a mass swearing in ceremony soldiers who are not citizens but serving in the United States Armed Forces were sworn in. There were several soldiers among the new inductees who have entered the United States from worn torn nations.
Simon Nbenye is an Arabic man who works as an Interpreter with 3rd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 30th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, Company D. Nbenye left Sudan as a child with his family and had been forced to fight as a child soldier during the Sudan civil war.
“It was a very terrible time for Sudan and a terrible situation for my entire family, too much violence, no jobs, no finances,” said Nbenye.
Nbenye is just one of the success stories in the inductees.
There are a great number of foreign nationals that join and serve in the United States Military each year. They work and serve alongside citizens and have pledged to protect and defend the constitution of the United States.
There was a executive order issued by President Bush in 2002 that makes anyone serving in the Armed Forces eligible to apply for citizens. There have been more than 5,000 people who have earned citizenship serving in the Armed Forces since 2004. There are currently over 40,000 people serving in the Armed Forces who are foreign nationals.