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US Citizenship by military service
Christopher Jones brings up the French Foreign Legion, which "beau geste" has romanticized. Most of the legionnaires were men escaping from their past. Christopher writes:"And let's not forget the "ride on the tiger." Citizenship of France can still be obtained by anyone serving six years in the French Foreign Legion. A passport and possibly a new identity was granted only after completing the full six years -- citizenship on survival". RH: Someone should write a book on citizenship through military service down the ages. Actually, the Foreign Legion is no longer so foreign, since it now has its headquarters in southern France. This is rather like moving the School of the Americas from Panama to Georgia.
Ronald Hilton - 4/16/03