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SUBJ/CERTIFICATION OF HONORABLE SERVICE FOR PURPOSES OF NATURALIZATION
NARR/REF A IS A MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS, SUBJ:
CERTIFICATE OF HONORABLE SERVICE FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE OF THE
READY RESERVE AND MEMBERS OF THE ACTIVE COMPONENTS OF THE MILITARY OR NAVAL
FORCES FOR THE PURPOSES OF NATURALIZATION. REF B IS MILPERSMAN 5352-01,
NATURALIZATION AND DERIVED CITIZENSHIP OF MILITARY PERSONNEL. REF C IS A
MEMORANDUM FOR CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS, SUBJ: HONORABLE SERVICE
CERTIFICATE AUTHORITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED RESERVE OF THE READY
RESERVE AND MEMBERS OF THE ACTIVE COMPONENTS OF THE MILITARY OR NAVAL FORCES
FOR THE PURPOSES OF NATURALIZATION.// POC/SOMERVILLE/KATHLENE/OJAG
16/JAG/TEL: (202)685-4639/DSN: 325//
RMKS/1. Reference (a) established new standards and procedures to certify
honorable service for active duty members and members of the selected reserve
of the ready reserve for citizenship naturalization. Accordingly, the
authority in reference (b) authorizing personnel support detachments and
personnel offices to certify honorable service on United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form N-426 is rescinded.
2. In line with reference (c), effective immediately, the authority to
certify honorable military service on USCIS Form N-426 is delegated to the
first O-6 or higher in the permanent or temporary duty chain of command.
3. Additionally, references (a) and (c) mandate new requirements for minimum
time in service for certification of honorable service.
a. For those active and reserve members whose date of enlistment or
accession is prior to 13 October 2017, the minimum length of service is 45
days inclusive of basic military training.
b. For those members in the active component whose date of enlistment or
accession is on or after 13 October 2017, the minimum length of service is
180 days inclusive of the successful completion of basic military training.
c. For those members in the selected reserve of the ready reserve whose
date of enlistment or accession is on or after
13 October 2017, the minimum length of service is one year of satisfactory
service towards non-regular retirement, inclusive of the successful
completion of basic training by the member.
d. For those members who have served in an active duty status in a
hazardous duty area, consult reference (a) directly.
4. Commands shall ensure members who are not U.S. citizens are aware of the
new requirements to obtain honorable service certification on USCIS Form N-
426. Questions concerning honorable certification requirements should be
directed to the command legal officer or nearest Region Legal Service Office
region citizenship program manager. References (a) and (c) may be found at
Reference (b) may be found at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-
5. The Legal Assistance Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General (Code
16) retains oversight responsibility for the U.S. Navy Naturalization
Program. Advice and assistance regarding naturalization laws, regulations,
and procedures are available at
(202) 685-4639/DSN 325 or kathlene.somerville(at)navy.mil.
6. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//