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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  1. Nunya

    Yes, Australians and the Australian military both HATE AMERICANS!!!! Forget about the long-time partnership between the US and Australian military and forget about the warm welcome we always receive from locals.
    This one idiot here says Australians hate us so it must be true!

    May 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bazzer

      Sorry, but we do hate Americans.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      I don't know where you get your info from but I worked with he Aussies a lot in Iraq and in joint training missions and we got along just great. In fact, my platoon and I was in Australia last year with for a little over a month and they loved us. Great people so you have been misinformed.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Houston

      Maybe Bazzer just hates everyone.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    Army Admits Re-Education Camp Manual “Not Intended For Public Release”

    May 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jen

    Come on guys join. Australia isn't war hungry so expect your kids to come back home alive!

    May 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • B.Brown

      @Jen...You're so right. Us "war hungry" Americans obviously have no place in a former prison colony that used to hunt it's Aboriginal population like animals. Maybe if your country had lost thousands of people in a blatant terrorist attack on it's own soil you'd understand our position...of course, if only the Aboriginals had been attacked you'd have just looked the other way.

      May 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tyler BAnks

    Funny, but you would think that a nation (the US) that pays more for "defense" than any nation on Earth (and more than adding up the 2nd-10th spenders together) would have the highest paid soldiers....

    May 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • joefriday

      Maybe not the highest paid, but the benefits can be good.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • TMP

      Our servicemen and women may not be the best paid, but they are the best trained and the best on the face of the Earth!

      May 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    As long as these guys realize that once they take the oath to serve in a foreign army voluntarily they give up their American citizenship.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      The Australian Government has made an agreement with Congress to allow you to maintain your citizenship.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • walt1948

      James, Have you ever considered "duel Citizenship" is often granted? They will NOT loose their U S Citizenship.

      May 10, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Ceitte

      According to the state department website: "A U.S. citizen may acquire foreign citizenship by marriage, or a person naturalized as a U.S. citizen may not lose the citizenship of the country of birth.U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one citizenship or another. Also, a person who is automatically granted another citizenship does not risk losing U.S. citizenship. However, a person who acquires a foreign citizenship by applying for it may lose U.S. citizenship. In order to lose U.S. citizenship, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign citizenship voluntarily, by free choice, and with the intention to give up U.S. citizenship". Unless you are intending on NOT being a US citizen then you will not lose your citizenship.

      May 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Susan

    Have friends in Australia and spent a month there on vacation. Its a wonderful place with great people!

    May 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mel Gibson

    Everything is backwards down here. The water runs counterclockwise. The compass points to south. Our PM is a female atheist against gay marriage. We're super conservative yet have have strict gun control. And here if you call a black person an african-australian, they get mad as they are aboriginal in heritage. Hell even our origin is the opposite of the USA. you fought to seperate from the brits; they sent us here to get rid of us!

    May 10, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. johnny

    Would such soldiers lose their American citizenship? I had always thought that an American serving in another country's armed forces could be subject to having their U.S. citizenship stripped from them.

    May 10, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. nikosan1

    The Aussie men probably do hte the Americans because the Aussie ladies LOVE them.... It is just jealousy.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. nikosan1

    And BTW I would give my my left private part to get out of the USA and live in Australia....It is a much better society.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. ncct


    May 10, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Locksmith

    If the perks and free healthcare is at least equal to the U.S. service, then hell yes!!

    May 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hughjurgan

    Maybe a dingo ate your baby :o)

    May 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AF Buke

    I applied, but I'm too old. Drat, it would've been a new adventure.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AF Buke

    Too old, (50), too senior in my USAF retired rank, and my job specialty isn't needed by the RAAF. As I said earlier though, it would've been a great adventure!

    May 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
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