WASHINGTON (AP) - Unable to fill its need for medical personnel,
the Pentagon says it plans to try recruiting foreigners who are
living in the country legally, but on temporary visas.
The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps will be looking for legal residents with medical skills "vital to the national interest." It will also be recruiting aliens with critical language skills.
The military has taken recruits with green cards, but the latest
action enables the services to start a one-year pilot program to
find up to 1,000 foreigners living in the U.S. on student and work
visas or with refugee or political asylum status.
The Pentagon's medical corps remain 1,000 short of the 24,000
doctors, dentists and nurses it needs.
The most pressing need is for neurosurgeons and dermatologists to treat troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain and burn injuries.