US Military Active Duty Demographic Profile

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Assigned Strength, Gender, Race, Marital, Education and Age Profile of Active Duty Force

September 2008

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US Military Active Duty Demographic Profile

  1. 1. Active Duty Demographic Profile Assigned Strength, Gender, Race, Marital, Education and Age Profile of Active Duty Force September 2008 October 2008
  2. 2. Research Assumptions <ul><li>Data were extracted from Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) manpower and personnel files. </li></ul>Data Source <ul><li>Includes Warrant Officers </li></ul>Officers
  3. 3. Assigned Strength of Active Duty Force 1.4 Million Assigned * Includes Warrant Officers 100% 1,429,036 232,139 1,196,897 Total 2.9% 41,362 8,134 33,228 Coast Guard 22.6% 322,900 64,805 258,095 Air Force 13.9% 198,415 20,202 178,213 Marine Corps 22.9% 326,684 51,388 275,296 Navy 37.8% 539,675 87,610 452,065 Army Percentage Total Officers* Enlisted Service September 2008
  4. 4. Active Duty Gender Distribution <ul><li>Air Force has highest percent of women </li></ul><ul><ul><li>18% Officers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% Enlisted </li></ul></ul>* Includes Warrant Officers One-Seventh Are Female
  5. 5. Race Profile of Active Duty Force * Includes Black & Other <ul><li>Over one-fourth are race minorities (25%) </li></ul><ul><li>Blacks comprise nearly one-fifth (18%) of active duty force </li></ul>7.6% 17.8% 25.4% 74.6% Total 11.9% 6.1% 18% 82% Coast Guard 6.3% 15.6% 21.9% 78.1% Air Force 5.2% 11.1% 16.3% 83.7% Marine Corps 14.4% 19.3% 33.8% 66.2% Navy 4.6% 21.5% 26.1% 73.9% Army % Other % Black % Minorities* % White Service Race Distribution, September 2008
  6. 6. Marital Profile of Active Duty Force * Includes Warrant Officers ** Numbers do not equal 100% because other marital status not listed. <ul><li>Total active duty rate is 55% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ranges from 45% in Marine Corps to 60% in Air Force </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Half of enlisted force (52%) are married </li></ul><ul><li>Five-sevenths (70%) of officers are married </li></ul>Half Are Married
  7. 7. Education Profile of Active Duty Force * Unknowns: Army: 1.4% ** Includes Warrant Officers; Unknowns: Navy: 14.6%, Air Force: 2.9% and Coast Guard 1.1% <ul><li>93% of total DoD enlisted* earned High School Diploma or equivalent and above </li></ul><ul><li>90% of total DoD officers** have a college degree or higher </li></ul>Almost All Enlisted Are High School Grads
  8. 8. Age Distribution of Active Duty Force * May not add to 100.0% due to rounding <ul><li>Marine Corps has highest percentage of 18-21 year olds (37%) </li></ul><ul><li>Average age of total active duty force is 28 </li></ul>Almost Half Are Between 22-30 Yrs 28 0.6% 8% 24.8% 47% 19.9% Total 30 1% 12% 27% 48% 12.2% Coast Guard 30 0.6% 10% 28.3% 46% 14.4% Air Force 25 0.2% 3.1% 14% 46% 36.9% Marine Corps 29 0.8% 8.3% 26.3% 46% 18.6% Navy 29 0.7% 7.9% 25.6% 48% 18.3% Army Average Age 51-59 41-50 31-40 22-30 18-21 Service

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