By JR on Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I'm being optimistic here. The Brits are laying off a lot of very experienced troops. Let's hope it is mainly them that we are getting. They generally fit in seamlessly with our forces -- similar language, culture, organization, doctrine etc.
THE Australian Defence Force will beef up the number of foreign recruits after parliament passed a law to allow family members to become citizens in just 90 days.
In the past the spouse and children of a foreign soldier, sailor or flyer joining the Australian military had to be permanent residents for four years before they could qualify for citizenship.
The government bill, introduced to parliament several days after a similar opposition bill was tabled, also allows dependent children with a disability who don't attend school and a dependent parent to be fast-tracked.
Defence Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon said the new law was the result of months of work.
In recent years the ADF has sent out tentacles to numerous countries to fill skilled technical jobs such as pilots, submariners, warfare officers and military police. Even a foreign padre has been recruited.
During the past three years it has hired 573 foreign troops who were accompanied by 603 family members.