10 U.S.C. § 504 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 10. Armed Forces § 504. Persons not qualified




 Insanity, desertion, felons, etc.--No person who is insane, intoxicated, or a deserter from an armed force, or who has been convicted of a felony, may be enlisted in any armed force.  However, the Secretary concerned may authorize exceptions, in meritorious cases, for the enlistment of deserters and persons convicted of felonies.

 Citizenship or residency.-- A person may be enlisted in any armed force only if the person is one of the following:

 A national of the United States, as defined in section 101(a)(22) of the Immigration and Nationality Act ( 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(22) ).

 An alien who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence, as defined in section 101(a)(20) of the Immigration and Nationality Act ( 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) ).

 A person described in section 341 of one of the following compacts:

 The Compact of Free Association between the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States (section 201(a) of Public Law 108-188 (117 Stat. 2784;   48 U.S.C. 1921 note)).

 The Compact of Free Association between the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the United States (section 201(b) of Public Law 108-188 (117 Stat. 2823;   48 U.S.C. 1921 note)).

 The Compact of Free Association between Palau and the United States ( section 201 of Public Law 99-658 (100 Stat. 3678;   48 U.S.C. 1931 note)).

 Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the Secretary concerned may authorize the enlistment of a person not described in paragraph (1) if the Secretary determines that such enlistment is vital to the national interest.





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