VALLEJO (AP) — Two Vallejo sisters have joined the U.S. Army in what their recruiters say may be the first case in California of identical twin girls signing up for service together.

Eighteen-year-old Meilyn Ventura-Benel and her sister, Melissa, will soon head off to boot camp in South Carolina after enlisting last month.

Army Corp. Jaime De La Cruz  said recruiters were unable to find any other cases of identical twin girls joining the Army.

The girls made the decision to enlist a week before their mother died of cancer on Christmas Eve. They want to get an education and become U.S. citizens.

The twins say they are always together. But that will change after boot camp when Meilyn will remain on active duty in Virginia and Melissa will return to Vallejo to serve in the Army Reserve.

Comments (6)
  1. gary says:

    how can they enlist in the military when they are not us citizens???

  2. Melissa says:

    We are able to enlist because we are permanent residents.

  3. Dennis says:

    Congratulations and best on your career journey and future endeavors! You make Vallejo proud.

  4. edsa says:

    Non US citizens can join the military and can apply for US citizenship after completing boot camp. Foreign citizens in the US military do not have to wait 5-years to apply.

  5. camina says:

    Congrats girls but when you were 3 years old my identical twin sister and I enlisted in the Army together late 1995 born, raised, and joined in Sacramento California. We went to basic together also in Ft Jackson South Carolina January 1996.

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