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