Immigration They Were Recruited Into the Military, But Non-Citizen Troops Now Face An Uncertain Future By Carson Frame • Jul 24, 2018 Scott Thornbloom / U.S. Navy From 2009 to 2016, the Defense Department recruited more than 10,000 non-citizens into the armed forces. Now some say they're being discharged without explanation. Afghans Who Helped U.S. Troops Now Face 'Life Or Death' As They Await Visas By Dorian Merina • Jul 10, 2017 Corey Idleburg / U.S. Army 13,000 Afghans who helped American troops are waiting for special visas to come to the U.S. Their lives could be in danger as they wait. Deported Veterans Hope To Return To Nation They Fought For By Dorian Merina • Jun 15, 2017 Dorian Merina / American Homefront Hundreds of veterans - who served in the U.S. military as non-citizens - were later deported for committing civilian crimes. Serving In the U.S. Military Won't Protect These Veterans From Being Deported By Dorian Merina • Jun 15, 2017 Dorian Merina / American Homefront Non-citizens are eligible to serve in the U.S. military. But even as veterans, they can still be deported if they commit crimes after they leave the service.