Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will be hosting a U.S. naturalization ceremony for new Marines who are completing recruit training.
The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 3 to expedite citizenship for active-duty service members.
Twelve Marines will become U.S. citizens during an oath of allegiance ceremony. Eleven Marines will be graduating from recruit training on Jan. 4.
The expedited naturalization was authorized on July 3, 2002, by a presidential order allowing noncitizens serving in the armed forces during a time of war to be able to immediately file for citizenship, according to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.