[My own take on the "Peaceable Kingdom." Actually the jaguar was lying next to a thick glass partition. Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, May 1, 2010.]This just in from my friend and former Papa Three Marine Larry Scroggs:
Service During Hostilities : By Executive Order Number 13269, dated July 3, 2002, President Bush declared that all those persons serving honorably in active-duty status in the Armed Forces of the United States at any time on or after September 11, 2001 until a date to be announced, are eligible to apply for naturalization in accordance with the service during hostilities statutory exception in Section 329 of the INA to the naturalization requirements. This means that individuals with even one day of honorable active duty service can apply for citizenship, regardless of how long they have been a resident. Note: Under this provision, individuals who apply for citizenship after discharge must present a DD Form 214, with service characterized as "Honorable," or "General." Those with other characterizations (including Entry Level Separation), are not eligible.
Section 329 of the INA also applies to service-members who served on active duty during World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
It would seem that I have been preempted--at least in part--by President Bush. Now, let's tout it. And, as I indicated before, I would even extend it, granting conditional amnesty to any illegal alien willing to enlist. --EFP