Wednesday 22 November 2006 10:44 Home Office (National) New citizenship rights for members of the Commonwealth serving in the British armed forces Commonwealth soldiers serving in the British Armed Forces abroad can now gain UK citizenship under a change to the rules announced by the Home Office today. To reflect the commitment and sacrifice made by serviceman from outside the UK in the British forces, they will now be eligible to apply for citizenship despite having been stationed abroad for the majority of their service. Under the new rules they will no longer be required to complete five years residency in the UK (three years if married to or the civil partner of a British citizen) before applying to become a British citizen. Instead time spent serving anywhere in the world will be counted towards the residency requirement. http://www.gnn.gov.uk/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=244546&NewsAreaID=2 This will help the Sputh Africans in particular, after their country passed a mercenary law.