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Security risks found in military recruitment of foreigners

Defense Department investigators have found 'potential security risks' in a program that recruits foreigners into the US military in exchange for citizenship, according to a new report.

A classified report from the Pentagon's inspector general found that the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program had potential monitoring and vetting problems, sources told Fox News.

MAVNI was launched in 2009 and has enrolled more than 10,000 foreign-born individuals without permanent residency status into the US military.

Notably, the 2012 Soldier of the Year, Sgt. Saral Shrestha, was a MAVNI recruit born in Nepal. 

A classified report from the Pentagon's inspector general found that the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program had potential monitoring and vetting problems

A classified report from the Pentagon's inspector general found that the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program had potential monitoring and vetting problems

In 2014, the Pentagon announced that the program would also be open to 'Dreamers' who met the requirements of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative.

MAVNI was originally intended to recruit people with special skills - including medical specialists and language skills - into the military in exchange for expedited US citizenship.

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