koehler@eisner.nospam.encompasserve.org (Bob Koehler) wrote on 02/06/2008
08:50:32 AM:

> In article > localdomain>, Rob Brown writes:
> >
> > Canadians also cannot vote in presidential elections and have no
> > representatives in the U.S. Congress, but have served in the U.S.
> > military.
> >
> > So perhaps one does not follow from the other.

> Like most countries, the US allows foreign nationals to serve in its
> armed forces. The oath taken by each person upon entering the
> military is sufficient to bind their service to U.S. interests in the

> eyes of the law.
> There are programs whereby such actions can provide a shortcut to
> U.S. citizenship.
> There are some foreign governments which prohibit thier citizens from
> serving in our military. And there may be other legal issues. A
> friend of mine, U.K. citizen was under the impression that he could
> not legally volunteer for service in the U.S. military, but as a
> permanent resident
> he could be drafted.

he could have been drafted. (There is not active U.S. draft, as you

> I don't know what would stop
> him from volunteering (perhaps he was in error), but of course, he
> could toss out the draft order if he went back to the U.K.