Becoming an American Citizen and U.S. Navy Sailor
Gaining Naturalization Through Military Service
While division 158 marches their way back into their training environment, one recruit's focus is different from the others in ranks with him. This older recruit, marching to the beat of his own drum of sorts, is on the path to gain his US citizenship while on active duty in the United States Navy.
Surmounting the odds of moving to America as a lawful permanent resident, or green-card holder, is tackled by hundreds of thousands of prospective immigrants yearly.
In Kasia's instance, gaining naturalization through military service, or citizenship, from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), was literally just a few checks in the required blocks.
Kasia heard of opportunities for expedited citizenship from a friend before he joined the military.
"I did not know what qualifications one needed to have to gain full citizenship," said Kasia. "I was a permanent resident here in the United States, but I knew I would have to come and do physical qualifications, but I didn't know what else was going to be expected of me if I wanted to be a citizen. It was a big advantage to be able to qualify for that now."