The American Military Looks Like America

It ain’t what people don’t know that hurts; it is what they know that ain’t true. This is the case with the composition of the military. People say recruits are poor. Actually the richest quintile made up 22% of 2003 recruits. The poorest made up only 14%. People say new recruits are mostly minority. Whites make up 77.4% of the U.S. population of 18 year olds. They make up 78.5% of the recruits. People are right when they say that recruits are more rural and southern, but no surprise. In fact, the American military looks a lot like America. Let’s look at some of the numbers.

U.S. recruits by income: 22% from the richest 20%. 14% from the poorest.

Whites make up 77.4% of the applicable population. In 2003 they made up 78.5% of the recruits.

More Rural

Montana, Alaska, Wyoming & Maine contribute the highest proportion of recruits relative to their populations. More recruits also come from the South and the Mountain West. Urban ghettos are not great places to get new solders, who need to have a high school education and a relatively clean record.

Map it.

Such as you can see any pattern, the map looks a lot like the Bush reelection map.

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Posted by Jack at November 8, 2005 6:33 PM