Naturalization through Military Service
Foreign nationals who are members of the U.S. armed forces who serve honorably for any period of time (one day of qualifying service is sufficient in establishing eligibility) during specifically designated periods of hostilities may be eligible to become U.S. citizens.
The applicant must establish that he or she meets all of the following criteria in order to qualify:
•The applicant may be of any age.
•The applicant must have served honorably in the U.S. armed forces during a designated period of hostility.
•The applicant must either be a lawful permanent resident (LPR) or have been physically present at the time of enlistment, reenlistment, or extension of service or induction into the U.S. armed forces:
•In the United States or its outlying possessions, including the Canal Zone, American Samoa, or Swains Island, or
•On board a public vessel owned or operated by the United States for noncommercial service.
•The applicant must be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
•The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of U.S. history and government.
•The applicant must demonstrate good moral character for at least 1 year prior to filing the application until the time of his or her naturalization.
•The applicant must have an attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution and be well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States during all relevant periods under the law.
Designated Periods of Hostilities
World War I
April 6, 1917
November 11, 1918
World War II
September 1, 1939
December 31, 1946
June 25, 1950
July 1, 1955
February 28, 1961
October 15, 1978
Persian Golf COnflict
August 2, 1990
April 11, 1991
War on Terrorism
September 11, 2001
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