Does it differ for people legally and illegal at the time of enlistment?
I agree with my colleague.
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Technically, someone who is illegally in the US shouldn't be in the Marines.
But, there have been some special programs allowing people to join and get greencards.
There are also some special programs to speed up how long it takes for someone with a greencard to become a US Citizen.
You can find some information here: http://www.uscis.gov/military
Legal, there is a program.
If you're on active duty then I'm assuming you're a legal immigrant. Active duty service members' applications for citizenship receive expedited review. If you are an illegal immigrant then your enlistment may be fraudulent which a UCMJ offense. If you are an illegal alien, I suggest you speak to an attorney who practices immigration law and military law.
Unfortunately, you are not going to be able to enlist. Currently, you must prove that you are a Legal Permanent Resident or a citizen. Are you eligible for DACA - Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals? DACA is so new - just started accepting application on August 15, 2012, I have not heard of the military accepting those with DACA status.
Sorry your marine friend is wrong. Best of Luck
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