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This is a List of militaries that recruit foreigners. This includes any individuals who are not citizens of the nation state whose armed forces they are being recruited to join by professional recruiters. The foreigners need not be legal residents of that nation, but may gain legal residence status by joining the armed forces.




  • Flag of India.svg India
    • Indian Army - recruits Nepalese and Bhutanese citizens, and the refugees from Tibet who intend to permanently settle in India.
  • Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland
  • Flag of Israel.svg Israel
    • Israel Defense Forces - Israel has always recruited non-Israeli Jews, including Israeli Jews who reside overseas through the Mahal program.


  • Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg
    • Luxembourg Army - Any citizen of a country of the European Union who has resided in Luxembourg for at least thirty-six months and is at least eighteen years old but not yet twenty-four is eligible to join the Luxembourg army.



  • Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
    • New Zealand Defence Force Citizenship not formally required for enlistment, but full New Zealand citizenship and passport required for deployment.
  • Flag of North Korea.svg North Korea
  • Flag of Norway.svg Norway


  • Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan
    • Pakistan has special regiments for Palestinians and other Arab nationals that undergo training within the country.


  • Flag of Russia.svg Russia
    • The Russian Armed Forces are accepting foreigners of any country to their ranks. Under a plan, posted on the ministry’s web site in 2010, foreigners without dual citizenship would able to sign up for five-year contracts – and will be eligible for Russian citizenship after serving three years. According to the amended law, a citizen of any foreign country aged 18–30 with a good command of Russian and a clean criminal record can now sign an initial five-year contract to join the Army.[4][5][6]


  • Flag of Spain.svg Spain
    • Spanish Armed Forces - Spain recruits citizens of ex-Spanish colonies (except Puerto Rico and the Philippines). Citizens of Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay or Venezuela may enlist in the Spanish Armed Forces (except as submarine personnel) with temporary/permanent residence or acquired Spanish citizenship.



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