When asked whether one can serve as a foreigner in the U.S. Army, it can be said that it is even theoretically possible.
However, a little luck plays a role, of course the previous knowledge and the current need for soldiers and vacancies.
However, before applying blindly, you should be clear about a few points for yourself:
1. The U.S. Army drill is harder than most other forces.
2. Either way, it will be hard to avoid a mission to crisis areas. Anyone who has followed the operations of the past few years should also have noticed that the reputation of the US armed forces in the respective region is not necessarily the best. Accordingly, US soldiers were much more likely targets for attacks and assaults, as can be seen from the statistics of fallen soldiers compared to those of allied forces.
3. An officer's career can only be pursued with American citizenship. For soldiers of foreign states this possibility is not open.
The possibilities to find out about the service, equipment, uses, etc., range from the Internet, email inquiries to US recruiters to personal interviews with US soldiers stationed in barracks in his own country.
Anyone who has then started to deal with the topic, weighed the pros and cons and still wants to apply should have the following prerequisites:
- For the service one must be at least 18 years as. The maximum age for applications is 34 years, although of course the probability of acceptance decreases with age.
- You should be fluent in American English. Ideally, you should not focus on business English, but should also have a command of English military terminology. The US Army does not offer a language course, so those who do not know the language will be rejected immediately.
- One may not have served in the military of another country, e.g. soldier in the German Bundeswehr or in the British army.
For an application in the USA you need either a family member who already has American citizenship, 500,000 dollars to buy or a green card. These can be obtained from the following link:
If you are one of the lucky ones who have received a green card, you can inquire about application possibilities at the respective embassy or consulate in your own country.
If you then meet the prerequisites, the rest is basically done on its own or the Army directly informs you of the next steps.
You can find the right literature here:
The Official US Army Survival Guide - Updated Edition (FM 3-05.70 / FM 21-76): Complete & Unabridged, 600+ Pages (Carlile Military Library)
As a soldier, you can be sent to any area of the world. It may be in a temperate, tropical, arctic, or subarctic region. You expect to have all your personal equipment and your unit members with you wherever you go. However, there is no guarantee it will be so. You could find yourself alone in a remote area—possibly enemy territory—with little or no personal gear. This manual provides information and describes basic techniques that will enable you to survive and return alive should you find yourself in such a situation.
If you are a trainer, use this information as a base on which to build survival training. You know the areas to which your unit is likely to deploy, the means by which it will travel, and the territory through which it will travel. Read what this manual says about survival in those particular areas and find out all you can about those areas. Read other books on survival. Develop a survival-training program that will enable your unit members to meet any survival situation they may face. It can make the difference between life and death.
The Official US Army Combatives Handbook - Current, Full-Size Edition: Battle-Tested Hand-to-Hand Combat - the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) ... FM 21-150)) (Carlile Military Library)
Hand-to-hand combat is the ultimate test of a Soldier's ability to combine mind and body into a single, powerful force focused on defeating the enemy with whatever weapons are available.
As used by the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) at Fort Benning, GA, the U.S. Army's experts and instructors have created this handbook with the benefit of decades of experience teaching students of every ability to implement the physical and mental skills required to effect lethal devastation on their adversaries in conflicts around the world.
The simple, direct and effective skills and training procedures contained in this book will enable you, whether training within a unit, with a partner, or alone, to achieve deadly ability and matchless confidence as a close-combat fighter!
SHARPEN THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTIC OF A WARRIOR: THE WILLINGNESS TO CLOSE WITH THE ENEMY!
PLEASE NOTE: in order to maximize the space available for illustrations, this book is presented in landscape format.
US Army Small Unit Tactics Handbook
The purpose of this book is intended as a conceptual overview of all relevant topics of small unit tactics every Special Forces soldier, Ranger and dismounted light Infantryman ought to be familiar with in order to be effective on today’s battlefield. In the US Army Small Unit Tactics Handbook, learn about: The heritage, lineage and legacy of today’s US Army Special Forces and Rangers, US Army doctrine, leadership, tactics, combat and reconnaissance patrols, planning, close quarters battle and urban warfare, counterinsurgency, introduction to Special Operations missions, small arms, and much more. This handbook is categorized into five functional areas: History, Doctrine, Planning, Operations, and Common Skills.
United States Army: The Definitive Illustrated History
Through glorious victories, devastating defeats, and incredible displays of bravery, award-winning author D.M. Giangreco immerses us in the thrilling history of the U.S. Army. From the defeat of British general Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown, to Antietam on the bloodiest day of the Civil War, to D-Day, the Tet Offensive, Operation Desert Sabre, and beyond, here is a matchless portrait of the world's greatest democracy in wartime. Filled with more than 1,400 photographs and historic paintings, United StatesArmy is a fitting testament to the valor and sacrifice of America's ground troops.