[Marxism] New Statesman: Overrepresented US soldiers are White Southerners and Westerners, not minorities

M. Junaid Alam junaidalam at msalam.net
Wed Mar 3 18:31:08 MST 2004


Geography is the reason. Since the draft was abolished in 1973 in the 
United States, the percentage of recruits to the military from the south 
and west of the country has risen, while the proportion of soldiers from 
the north and north-east has declined. Between 1985 and 2001, according 
to the defence department, the percentage of all recruits from the south 
rose from 34 per cent to 42 per cent. Meanwhile, recruitment from the 
north-east, as a percentage of the whole, has dropped from 22 per cent 
in 1977 to less than 14 per cent in 2001.

The claim that minorities are over-represented in the military is a 
myth. Black Americans are slightly over-represented among enlisted 
personnel, but they are represented in the officer corps at roughly the 
same level as they are represented in the comparable, college-educated 
civilian workforce. Latinos are under-represented in the military, 
compared with their numbers in the population. The groups that are truly 
over-represented in America's armed forces are whites from the south and 

As the south and west have grown increasingly Republican in political 
orientation, they have accounted for an ever-growing share of US 
military personnel - while the new Democratic heartland of the 
north-east has contributed fewer and fewer soldiers over time to the 
military. The result is that the US military has become strikingly 
Republican in partisanship. Soldiers are not compelled to divulge their 
party loyalties. But the leading students of the subject believe that 
Republicans outnumber Democrats in the US military by a factor of 2:1 - 
and, in the officer corps, by as much as 8:1.


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