Friday, August 10, 2018

US Army Suspends Discharges of Foreign-Born Recruits in Citizenship Programme After Soldiers' Lawsuits

Lawyer and retired lieutenant colonel Margaret Stock says the memo is 'an admission by the army that they are violating the soldiers' rights' 

The US army is suspending discharges of foreign-born recruits who enlisted as part of a special military programme that put them on the path to US citizenship, following lawsuits by soldiers who say they have been expelled unfairly and without explanation.

In a 20 July memo, a top army personnel official ordered the service to “suspend processing of all involuntary separation actions” for individuals in the programme and ordered a review of the discharge procedures for affected soldiers by 15 August.

Marshall Williams, acting assistant secretary of the army for manpower and reserve affairs, also asked the army deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel to recommend whether additional guidance should be issued regarding the discharge procedures for individuals who enlisted through the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest programme (Mavni).

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Source: The Independent

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