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The make-up of our military

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by saber11, Jan 21, 2003.

  1. saber11

    saber11 Veteran Member

    There has been debate that our military is sending minorites into combat, but yet non minorites aren't getting "the call"

    Todays article in the USA Today dispells that.

    Copied from www.usatoday.com

    "In a host of high-risk slots from Army commandos to Navy and Air Force fighter pilots blacks constitute less than 5% of the force, statistics show.

    Blacks, especially in the enlisted ranks, tend to be disproportionately drawn to non-combat fields such as unit administration and communications. They are underrepresented in jobs shooting rifles or dropping bombs.

    Examples:

    Of the Army's 45,586 enlisted combat infantryman, 10.6% are black.
    Of the Air Force's 12,000 pilots, 245, or about 2%, are black.
    In the Navy, 2.5% of the pilots are black.
    Senior Air Force officials say they are troubled by the number of black pilots and plan to do better.

    The Army's enlisted Green Berets are among the least diverse groups in the military. Only 196 of the Army's 4,278 enlisted Green Berets fewer than 5% are black. "
     
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Great stuff!!!

    Thanks!

    Misu, perhaps this would be a good thread to print out?
     
  3. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Yeah, but US Army Special Operations Command has been subject of at least two contrary lawsuits, where black soldiers said they were discriminated against in their pursuit to wear the coveted green beret.

    SM
     
  4. saber11

    saber11 Veteran Member

    Sorry it took me awhile to reply to my own post. Been very very busy, doing noting and lots of it.

    Anyway, I (pardon the pun) see recruiting minorities as a double edged sword.

    The military needs more minorities to be an "inclusive force" and the only way to do that is to recruit minorities.

    However, given the political climate any effort to (again no pun intended) target minorities for recruiting will surely cause backlash from minority groups (NAACP, ect). They will only see this as the military looking to send "young black men off to war"

    But unless the powers that be reinstitute the draft, then not everyone who walks into a recruiting station will be a minority, and they can only get people to sign who are so motivated to by their own free will.
     

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