On baiting the trap: recruiting troops for the ongoing US military occupations and invasions

[US imperialism has had a hypocritical history regarding immigration.  While hyping xenophobic anti-immigrant campaigns, (blaming “the outsiders” for the capitalist economic crisis), there are ongoing large-scale corporate and government moves to utilize migrants.  These range from the superexploitation of migrant labor (especially in farm labor and construction); the luring of the talented and educated (“brain drain”) from US-dominated and dependent countries worldwide; and the promise of citizenship waved in front of migrants urging them to become, essentially, mercenary recruits for imperialist military occupations.  The military has fallen short in the pool of bodies available for recruitment, which is a large reason for other changes in policy–such as dropping the restrictions on gays in the military, making changes allowing for women in frontline combat units, and making deals with criminalized black youth to “clear their records” by signing up for the army.  Neither Democrats nor Republicans have any plans for reductions in the imperialist armed forces, so it is no surprise the military is making plans to fill the ranks with migrants as well. It is another cynical exploitation by imperialism, wrapped in the guise of “opportunity” for jobless and desperate workers.  — Frontlines ed.]

A small U.S. flags sits on top of a package of citizenship materials given to an Army soldier about to become a U.S. citizen (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Army, Navy add citizenship option to boot camp

Apr 21, 2011

Associated PressFORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) – Military service has long been one route to U.S. citizenship. Now the Army and Navy, in need of specialists and language skills in wartime, are speeding things up by allowing recruits to wrap up the process while they’re still in basic training.It means a change in a no-visitors policy during boot camp, to allow federal immigration officers access to the recruits. But military officials say it’s a well-deserved break for volunteers who otherwise would have to slog through the bureaucratic ordeal during deployments around the world, often far from U.S. embassies. Continue reading