waterman saidMaybe things have changed since 9/11, though?
As I stated above, the US allows enlistments of resident aliens, but not of commissioned officers. However, they must still take the standard US Military Oath of Enlistment, which I used to be honored to administer.
"I (Name) do solemnly swear, that I will support and defend the Consitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear truth faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
BTW, I wrote that from memory, since I hated to see Officers reading it from a paper. When I administered the oath, I looked the soldier (always a reenlistment) right in the eye, which also made for a better photograph, as most were career sergeants under my own command, with their family and friends present in a formal setting. It was a very solemn moment that deserved a little special treatment, and I made sure we did it with great dignity, pomp & circumstance.
(BTW, some on my staff were very senior sergeants (E-8, E-9), and I would offer them the option of reenlistment by the Commanding General, a much greater honor. I was always touched very deeply when they chose me instead. On a couple of occasions I managed to have the General there, anyway)