Australia looking for a few good U.S. troops
Australian Navy and Army troops perform during an a 2011 airshow in Geelong, Australia.
May 8th, 2012
07:40 AM ET

Australia looking for a few good U.S. troops

Prospective U.S. military recruits have long been told "Uncle Sam wants you!"

Well, Stars and Stripes reports Tuesday that Australia wants you even more and is willing to pay for it.

"The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) welcomes enquiries from both officers and sailors who are interested in a new career and new life in Australia," the Australian Navy's website says.

The U.S. ally down under is seeking everything from submariners to doctors at ranks from enlisted to officers in all branches of its services and salaries can be substantially higher, according to the Stars and Stripes report.

A staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force with six years of service makes $31,946 while a corporal in the Royal Australian Air Force makes  $57,277 in U.S. dollars, Stripes reports. The difference is pay for an officer is less, but Australia still comes out on top, with a U.S. Air Force captain earning $63,263 and the Australian equivalent, a flight lieutentant, making $66,417 in U.S. dollars.

Stripes points out that Australia's economy, boosted by Chinese demand for its mineral exports, is in better shape than many other areas of the world.

Australia is seeking experienced applicants only and has a program in place to grant permanent residency to foreign passport holders.

Australia has signed on about 500 foreigners from the U.S., Canada, Britain and New Zealand in the past five years, according to the report.

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soundoff (337 Responses)
  1. Joe

    This is impressment.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Chaos

      No, actually, impressment is when a country forcibly enlists someone into their armed forces (typically the navy) without their consent. What Australia is doing is called "recruiting".

      May 8, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Joe learned a new word. Unfortunately he does not know what it means.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. works for me

    I wish I was younger...

    May 8, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    I shouldnt have retired...Damn

    May 8, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. SoulCatcher

    "Put another shrimp on the barbee." damn I'm lame ofr saying that.

    But they are they hiring contractors? Plenty of DoD types out of work.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ardent Patriot

    Being a vet myself, I can think of few better opportunities to help serve the common interests of the "Anglo Coalition" (US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia). Love the Aussies and would fight next to them any day.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. cnnlicksit

    If I was in the military and unattached I'd go. Better pay, warm climate, hot Australian women.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jomo

    didn't know that governments also poach each other's fighters!

    May 8, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    As there isn't a lot of employment opportunities for our vets in the private sector, I see nothing wrong with this...

    May 8, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mohammad

    Am I the only one who is seeing something wrong with this picture? Since when enlisted service men and woman not only can be solicited to serve foreign countries offering higher salaries but also with complete blessing from the Media as if they only serve their country for money. Then what is the difference between a Marine and a mercenary!? At least if they lose their lives they would have lost it for their country and not for few dollars more.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. geggyg

    Im from Australia , just hope any US serviceman who is considering joining the Aust armed forces makes a considered judgement, because living here could be a big culture shock for many right wing military people .
    Housing and car prices are higher , we have a universal health care system and subsidised medication , public education is decently funded with extra support for lower income families, we have income tax as well as a value added tax to help fund the states, fairly well maintained cities, as well as lots of poisionous spiders and snakes

    May 8, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. gitsum

    Vets considering this may want to get some legal advice before pursuing it. It could result in your US citizenship being stripped...:

    May 8, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Globalization

      I think the article mentions that there is a program in place to grant citizenship....not sure the program offers accent training!?

      May 8, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. unhanon

    Interesting. But I gotta wonder, when you leave active duty US Armed Forces – aren't you still in the reserves for a period of time (akin to 5 years)? Someone with first hand experience please correct me on this.
    If you are on reserve, I'm assuming you can't enlist in the Australian Armed Forces, as this could present a conflict if your reserve unit was called up (let's assume for the moment that we *don't* get into a conflict with Australia itself...)
    So anyone they recruit has to be more than 5 years out then, right?

    May 8, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. J.C.

    The increase in pay has to be measured against the increase in cost of living. Compared to the states, almost everything is more expensive in Australia.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • NZscientist

      really, JC? Like what? I have moved from Texas to Queensland, and the price of most things is comparable... although the cost of housing in some US states (but definitely not all) is cheaper. Weigh that against the superior quality of life, and far better benefits (particularly vacation time) and I would say it might be an idea to come down under. At least the economy is good!

      May 8, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. genomega1

    Expect other Countries to do the same as this administration guts our military.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yes, of course, it's Obama's fault. (Rolling eyes)

      May 8, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. genomega1

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    Well, Stars and Stripes reports Tuesday that Australia wants you even more and is willing to pay for it.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
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