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Update on Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest Pilot Recruiting Program

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"It has been said that depression is the slow bleeding of the soul. Be the tourniquet that stops the bleeding of these priceless souls."

- Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, Army Forces Command's deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, urges all to remain vigilant in suicide prevention and to become knowledgeable of the warning signs of depression, while sharing his family’s personal experience with suicide and tragedy as Army Suicide Prevention Month comes to a close

Army must beat suicide stigma, general says

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"In my eyes, it's one Army, one team, no matter if you're male or female. If you're going to come out here, you're coming out here as a Soldier... Being a female, you can't back down. I'm going to look you straight in the eye and say, 'give it what you got.' It gives you confidence and makes you stand a little taller."

- Sgt. Jamie Johnson of the 205th Infantry Brigade at Camp Atterbury, Ind., who competed in the lightweight division at the U.S. Army Combatives Tournament

More than 300 Soldiers take to mat in Combatives

CALENDAR

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

October 2009

Army Domestic Abuse Prevention/Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Depression Education and Awareness Month
Energy Awareness Month


Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 27- Oct. 3: Best Warrior Competition

Oct. 4: Army Ten-Miler

Oct. 5- 7: Association of the United States Army Exposition

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Update on Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest Pilot Recruiting Program

What is it?

The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) pilot recruiting program is enlisting a growing number of legal non-citizens who reside in the U.S. These recruits provide the Army critically needed foreign language skills and health care expertise. Those who meet the program's requirements and enlist are, like other non-citizen servicemembers, eligible for expedited U.S. citizenship.

Why is the Army doing this?

The Army needs medical practitioners (surgeons, dentists, nurse anesthetists, etc.) or Soldiers who speak foreign languages deemed critical, such as Pashto (a language of Afghanistan), Persian-Dari, Persian-Farsi, Urdu, Arabic, Swahili and Igbo. Thirty-five different languages are being recruited though this program.

Also, the leader of Special Operations Command, Admiral Eric Olson, asked the services to pursue the MAVNI program because it is "operationally critical" to expand such capabilities.

What has the Army done?

Not set to expire until December 31 (unless the secretary of defense extends it), the MAVNI pilot program already has recruited 380 critical foreign language speakers as of August 31.

On the medical side, 34 health care professionals have joined the Army so far, another 7 have completed the rigorous and lengthy credentials approvals process, and an additional 228 applications are being processed. Army medical recruiters are pursuing another 2, 205 leads on interested health care professionals.

Besides having the sought-after skills, MAVNI recruits are well educated. Of the foreign language speakers recruited, 36 percent have a bachelor's degree and an additional 29 percent who have at least a master's. The average Armed Forces Qualifications Test score is 80, far above the Army average of 60.

By recruiting non-citizens, is the Army lowering recruiting standards?

MAVNI recruits must meet higher standards than other Army enlistees. They must have a high school diploma, score at least 50 on the Armed Forces Qualification Test, and speak a critical foreign language or be a licensed health care professional. MAVNI recruits are not eligible for any enlistment waiver for misconduct. MAVNI applicants are screened thoroughly by the Army, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State.

What's the way ahead?

The program seeks to recruit a total of 297 legal non-citizens with medical/dental skills and 593 critical foreign language speakers by December 31.

Resources:

For more information and/or for application:

Enlisted applicants (critical foreign language skills)
Medical personnel
Defense Department fact sheet

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