- Jun 27, 2002
Having attended many deployment and welcome home events, it certainly seemed like a very diverse population.Nope. Compared to general population, the military is much more demographically diverse:
The share of racial and ethnic minorities in the military has grown steadily in recent decades. Hispanics, in particular, are the fastest growing minority population in the military – a shift that aligns with larger demographic trends in the United States.
In 2004, 36% of active duty military were black, Hispanic, Asian or some other racial or ethnic group. Black service members made up about half of all racial and ethnic minorities at that time.
By 2017, the share of active duty military who were non-Hispanic white had fallen, while racial and ethnic minorities made up 43% – and within that group, blacks dropped from 51% in 2004 to 39% in 2017 just as the share of Hispanics rose from 25% to 36%.
Today’s active duty military is smaller and more racially and ethnically diverse than in previous generations. More women are officers.www.pewresearch.org