26 Feb '15, 6pm

Report shows military is middle-class America, with a slightly southern drawl @Military_Update

Report shows military is middle-class America, with a slightly southern drawl @Military_Update

A new “Population Representation” report on the U.S. military affirms that the four-decade-old volunteer force is a healthy cross-section of America, if just a little smarter, a little better educated and with a deeper southern drawl than the nation as a whole. The percentage of female enlisted members has declined slightly over the past decade, to 14.5 percent, reflecting lower wartime retention rates, while the percentage of female officers continued to climb past 17 percent. The racial, ethnic and socioeconomic mix is not too different from America itself. Among recent recruits, blacks are slightly over-represented, at 18.7 percent versus 15.5 percent of recruit-age youth. But the report notes important gains for blacks across the career enlisted force. “Contrary to what one might expect,” it says, “black service members are underrepresented among junior enlisted pay gr...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/volunteer-force-middle-cla...

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