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Army withholds honorable service certification (required for naturalization) from soldiers who have not yet completed Initial Entry Training

  1. Date Announced

    Aug. 17, 2017

    Noncitizens in the Army Reserve may no longer naturalize under INA §329 until after they complete Initial Entry Training.

    [ID #608]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Aug. 17, 2017
  3. Subsequent Action

    August 25, 2020

    Summary judgment in Samma v. DOD case held DOD's Minimum Service Requirement for certification of N-426's is unlawful. DOD's N-426 policy had superseded the August 2017 memo re Initial Entry Training requirement for reservists.

    **Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**

    Samma v. DOD
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Citizenship
Agencies Affected: DOD

Prior Policies

Subsequent Action

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