List of militaries that recruit foreigners

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This is a List of militaries that recruit foreign applicants. This includes any individuals who are not citizens of the nation state whose armed forces they are being recruited to join by professional recruiters. The foreigners need not be legal residents of that nation, but may gain legal residence status by joining the armed forces.


  •  Australia
    • Australian Armed Forces - They routinely recruit Permanent Residents to serve in the military. A willingness to apply for citizenship is a requirement. In certain areas of the defence, especially sensitive work that involves collaboration with ASIO or ASIS, citizenship is a requirement.


  •  Bangladesh
    • Bangladesh Army - Recruits the Palestinians who come for training in the Bangladesh Military Academy.
  •  Belgium
  •  Bahrain
    • The forces in Bahrain have a handful of other Arabs and Pakistanis serving within them. This has also recently become a topic of debate; there are many Bahrainis (and Iranians) who are not happy with foreigners following government orders to quash any Bahraini protests, especially during the Arab Spring.[1]





  •  India
    • Indian Army - Recruits Nepalese and Bhutanese citizens, and the refugees from Tibet who intend to permanently settle in India. Persons of Indian descent (including those holding PIO or OCI permanent residency paperwork) are not permitted to join the Defence forces or any other Government department. During colonial times, foreign troops were stationed and generally occupied leadership roles.
  •  Ireland
    • Irish Defence Forces - Nationals of the European Economic Area member states of the European Union along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
  •  Israel


  •  Luxembourg
    • Luxembourg Army - Any citizen of a country of the European Union who has resided in Luxembourg for at least thirty-six months and is at least eighteen years old but not yet twenty-four is eligible to join the army.




  •  Pakistan
    • Pakistan has special regiments for Palestinians and other Arab nationals that undergo training within the country. During the time of the British Raj, foreign troops were stationed and generally occupied leadership roles.


  •  Russia
    • The Russian Armed Forces are accepting foreigners of any country to their ranks. Under a plan, posted on the ministry’s web site in 2010, foreigners without dual citizenship would be able to sign up for five-year contracts – and will be eligible for Russian citizenship after serving three years. According to the amended law, a citizen of any foreign country aged 18–30 with a good command of Russian and a clean criminal record can now sign an initial five-year contract to join the Army.[7][8][9]


  •  Singapore
    • Singapore has always made use of Gurkhas to help with special roles, within the police or the military. During the colonial days, many soldiers where brought to Singapore from other British colonies. Second generation male permanent residence are made to serve 2 years full time of national service as part of the country's conscription program and an additional 10 years as a reservist.


  •  United Kingdom
    • British Armed Forces - As of 11 July 2013, a new legislative act had passed declaring a ban on all Commonwealth applicants, with the exception of Cyprus and Malta. The Gurkhas of Nepal and citizens from Ireland are also accepted. It is therefore a requirement for all applicants to have resided for 5 years in the UK, excluding said countries.[10]
  •  United Arab Emirates
    • There are people from other Arab or nearby Muslim countries, who have served in the UAE, mainly in non-uniformed positions. This was mainly after independence from the UK in 1971, when the UAE government was still evolving.[11] Prior to that, the UK stationed their own troops and equipment in the region (known as the Trucial States)