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U.S. Nationals and Foreign Military Service [March 28, 2022]   [open pdf - 547KB]

From the Background: "International law grants rights to and imposes duties upon a neutral state during an armed conflict between belligerent nations. One of these duties is that neutral states shall not furnish troops to belligerent states, except this duty does not include independent actions by a neutral state's citizens. A state's neutrality is usually unaffected if its citizens willingly serve in a belligerent state's armed forces. International law permits such service, but a state's internal law may prohibit it. U.S. nationals (including both citizens and other persons owing allegiance to the United States (8 U.S.C. [United States Code] §1101)) have performed foreign military service at various times since 1788. This In Focus examines the laws governing U.S. national foreign military service during armed conflicts."

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CRS In Focus, IF12068
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2022-03-28
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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