Spain turns to Latinos to fill military ranks

They're soldiers like any others, enduring the grind of military life and sometimes risking their own as peacekeepers in hot spots like Afghanistan. But these troops defend a flag that is not their own.

Spain has struggled to recruit soldiers since it abolished the draft in 2000 and created an all-professional army.

At one point it even lowered the IQ threshold for enlistees, although it later raised it again, and eventually opened up the military to immigrants.

Today, such foreigners — most of them young Latin Americans — make up nearly 7 percent of the military's 80,000-member force. READ FULL STORY

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