Know about 25 countries armed forces recruiting foreigners.

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Do you want to make your career in the overseas military? If your answer is “yes” then you are at the right place, because, here in this post I would give you the information about the 25 countries’ armed forces recruiting foreign nationals.

In the first and second world, war many countries’ defense forces recruit foreign nationals to protect their borders and overseas military bases.

After world war ii most of the countries started to reduce military spending and restructured the military, therefore, many foreigners were sent back to their own country. Some countries amended the law and restricted hiring foreign nationals into their defense forces.

Some countries have allowed the citizens of allied countries to join the country’s defense force.

List of the countries their armed forces recruiting foreigners

  1. Australian Defense Force

Permanent residents or those who have applied for citizenship or overseas candidates who have similar experience from the allied countries’ armed forces can apply to join the armed force of Australia.

  1. Bahrain

Bahrain Defense Force hires Sunni Muslims, primarily Arabs and Pakistanis, for active military service.

Although The country has been ruled by Sunni Muslims, the majority of the population is Shia. They are not happy with foreigners working in the military while the local Shia communities are barred.

  1. Belgium

Citizens of the European Union within the age of 18-34years are eligible to join Belgium’s defense forces.

  1. Bolivia

Foreign nationals resident in Bolivia who have the age of the military requirement can join the Armed forces.

  1. Croatia

Croat national or Croat ethnic in Bosnia and Herzegovina are eligible to join the Croatian military, however, they need to renounce their dual citizenship with these countries.

  1. Cyprus

Cyprus accepts all foreign nationals who are the resident of it, can join the armed forces as volunteers.

  1. Denmark

Foreign nationals who have been living in Denmark or another EU country can apply to join the Danish armed forces.

They must have lived one year in Denmark or six years within an EU country. However, they must be good at speaking Danish, and good at in writting too.

  1. France

France allows the citizens of the country where the France army has the overseas bases to join in its armed forces if they have the age 18 to 40yrs.

  1. Greece

The candidate from the listed military academies can be the officers or non-commissioned officers of the Greek armed forces. The army can recruit the foreigners as volunteers and automatically they will acquire Greek nationality from the date of entering the academic.

  1. India

India hires the Nepalese and Bhutanese in the Indian ground forces and Tibetan refugees can join the Indian army if they are permanently planning to settle in India.

  1. Ireland

Nationals of the European Union, along with the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway as well as the foreigners who have been staying in Ireland for more than 5 years can join its Military.

  1. Israel

Israel Army recruits non-Israeli Jews although they are the resident of the other countries.

  1. Luxembourg

If the citizen of the EU who has resided in Luxembourg for at least 3 years and not below the aged of 18 and over the 27 years can apply for the military position.

  1. Monaco

Monaco’s defense force recruits Frenchmen, as well as native Monegasques.

  1. New Zealand

The serving military personnel from the US, Australia, and Canada can apply for the New Zealand armed forces. If the citizen of this above country has been living in Newzealand for more than 10 years and meets current vacancies criteria can be the applicant.

  1. Norway

Citizens of Iceland can apply for the Norwayzean army for the role of commissioned and non-commission officer.

  1. Russia

Any country citizen with good command of the Russian language can apply for the military ranks. The foreigners with due citizenship can be recruited for five years contracts and will provide Russian citizenship after 3yrs of service. The age limitation for the candidates is 18 to 30 years.

  1. Serbia

The citizens of the former Yugoslavia, EU, and former Soviet republic are 18 to 30 years old can apply for the Serbian armed forces, but they must be good in the Serbian language.

  1. Spain

Spain’s armed forces are recruiting people of its former Empire, including  Argentina, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Colombia,  Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic,  El Salvador, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea,  Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico,  Panama, Nicaragua, Paraguay,  Uruguay, Peru, and Venezuela, etc.

  1. Singapore

Singapore hires the Gurkhas from Nepal for military and police roles. The selection process takes place along with the British Gurkhas it has been continuing since colonial days.

  1. Ukraine

It has started hiring that EU, Georgian and Belarusian citizens since the country fallen into the war for the separation of Donbas and other places in Ukraine.

  1. United Kingdom

Since the colonial time, the British Army has been hiring the Gurkhas from Nepal and it has established a Gurkha regiment in its armed forces.

  1. United States

Permanent Residence or Green Cardholder can serve as the military personnel in the United State. In addition, Citizens of Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands can join the US military unit as active uniform officers.

  1. United Arab Emirates

In particular, Arab nationals and citizens of other Muslim countries serves with the UAE armed forces in the role of non-uniformed officers. Now, the country also hiring ex. Gurkhas from Nepal.

  1. Vatican City

Swiss Catholics can work in the Vatican city’s armed forces, they will obtain the citizen of Vatican city while they serve.

Conclusion: These above-listed countries armed forces recruiting foreign nationals  known publicly but there are other countries that have involved with the war also hiring the foreigners and deploy them in the battleground.

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