MAVNI Step 1 - General Requirements
MAVNI is a pilot recruiting program offered by the U.S. military in an effort to search for individuals with critical language and cultural skills in certain kind of languages. This program was designed in a way to allow legal non-citizens to join the US Army in exchange for expedited U.S. citizenship.
There are 3 criteria that the applicant must meet in order to successfully enlist in the U.S. Army.
Applicants must be in one of the following categories at the time of their enlistment:
a. Non-Immigrant categories → E, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q, R, S, T, TC, TD, TN, U or V
b. Approved Asylee, Refugee, & Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
c. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Applicants must legally reside in the United States for a minimum of two years prior to joining the Army.
a. Must be between ages of 17 and 34 and depart for the training prior to 35th birthday*
b. DACA are excluded (To clarify, DACAs do not have to reside in the US for two years prior to joining)
c. No absences that last longer than 90 days per travel
a. High school diploma (High school seniors can join)
b. Minimum score of 50 or higher on Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT)
c. Minimum rating of 2 or higher on Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
There are currently 51 languages that the U.S. Army is interested in. Here are the recruited languages:
Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cebuano, Cambodian-Khmer, Chinese, Czech, French (with citizenship from an African Country), Georgian, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Ibo/Igbo, Indonesian, Japanese, Kashmiri, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Malay, Malayalam, Moro (Tausug/Maranao/Maguindanao), Nepalese, Pashto, Persian Dari, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Sindhi, Singhalese, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu (with citizenship from Pakistan or Afghanistan), Uzbek, Yoruba
If you have any question, please contact your local recruiter. Find a Local Office
- Select Enlisted for Area of Interest
- Choose a Type of Recruiting Officer
a. Active Duty: Full time
b. Army Reserve: Part-time
- Type in Your Zip Code