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Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) is a recruiting program that allows legal non-citizens with in-demand skills to join the Army in exchange for expedited U.S. citizenship.

Individuals who join the Army through this program are able to move from non-immigrant visa or asylee/refugee/Temporary Protected Status (TPS) directly to citizenship. In most cases participants in the program will become naturalized U.S. citizens by the time they graduate from ten weeks of Basic Combat Training or accept a commission as Army Officers. 

Currently, the Army is searching for licensed health care professionals and individuals who can speak more than one language. Read the general requirements below to see if you qualify.

General Information PDF

General Requirements

  1. Applicants must be in one of the following categories at the time of their enlistment:
    • Non-immigrant categories E, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q, R, S, T, TC, TD, TN, U or V
    • Asylee, refugee, Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  2. Applicants must legally reside in the United States for a minimum of two years prior to joining the Army (excluding DACA) without a single absence from the country lasting longer than 90 days
  3. Applicants must have a high school diploma and a qualifying score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AQFT)
  4. Must be 17-34 years old and be under 35 at the time of shipping to BCT


  • Bypass the Green Card process entirely and gain U.S. citizenship
  • Attend high-quality training and gain opportunities for advanced schooling 
  • Earn a steady income with benefits for Soldiers and family members
  • Gain leadership skills
  • Earn money for college

Health Care Professional Specialties

Health care professionals must have qualifying scores on an English language proficiency test and be fully licensed in the United States.

Comprehensive Dentist, Oral Surgeon, Preventive Medicine, Anesthesiologist, Pediatrician, Psychiatrist, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgeon, Emergency Medicine, Nuclear Medical Science Officer, Entomologist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist

General Dentist, Comprehensive Dentist, Prosthodontist, Oral Surgeon, Preventive Medicine, Urologist, Anesthesiologist, Ophthalmologist, Otolaryngologist (ENT), Psychiatrist, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgeon, Thoracic Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, Emergency Medicine, Entomologist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Physician Assistant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner 

For Army Reserve only: health care professionals in their final year of residency may be eligible to apply to the MAVNI program.

Medical Professional PDF

Critical Languages

Applicants must have a qualifying score on a proficiency test in his or her native language.

Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cebuano, Cambodian-Khmer, Chinese, Czech, French (with citizenship from an African Country), Georgian, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Ibo/Igbo, Indonesian, Japanese, Kashmiri, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Malay, Malayalam, Moro (Tausug/Maranao/Maguindanao), Nepalese, Pashto, Persian Dari, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Sindhi, Singhalese, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu (with citizenship from Pakistan or Afghanistan), Uzbek, Yoruba

Critical Language PDF


If you are interested in the MAVNI program, please visit your local recruiter for more information.