Prospective U.S. military recruits have long been told “Uncle Sam wants you!”
Well, Stars and Stripes reports Tuesday that Australia wants you even more and is willing to pay for it.
“The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) welcomes enquiries from both officers and sailors who are interested in a new career and new life in Australia,” the Australian Navy’s website says.
The U.S. ally down under is seeking everything from submariners to doctors at ranks from enlisted to officers in all branches of its services and salaries can be substantially higher, according to the Stars and Stripes report.
I think the Australians are just jim dandy. And I can see some folks being pretty tempted by this. But there are possible (even probable) consequences to serving in the Armed Forces of a foreign power. Like, losing your US citizenship.
If someone thinks that is the route for them, fair enough. But there’s no way on earth I’d ever give up my citizenship. I won life’s lottery just by being born here, and I know it.