TABLE 1-4 Percentages of Minority* Active-Duty Women in the U.S. Military by Service, Age, and Rank as of September 30, 1996

Service/Age (years)

Enlisted (%)

Warrant Officers (%)

Commissioned Officers (%)

Army

17–25

54

10

24

26–40

66

46

31

41–65

63

37

28

Navy

17–25

45

0

22

26–40

44

27

20

41–65

33

16

14

Marine Corps

17–25

40

 

14

26–40

49

34

15

41–65

45

24

9

Air Force

17–25

31

 

18

26–40

36

 

18

41–65

40

 

19

* According to IOM (1995), approximately 75% of minority women in the military identify themselves as African American, 12.5% as Hispanic, 6.25% as Asian-American/Pacific Island, and 3.75% as Native American or other. These breakdowns were not available for individual branches of service.

Warrant officers are a group of enlisted personnel who hold positions requiring highly specialized technical skills, but who are not commissioned officers. The Air Force does not have personnel classified as warrant officers. The Army, Navy, and Marine Corps are eliminating this category of jobs.

SOURCE: Defense Manpower Data Center (Rosslyn, Va., 1996).

Methods And Resources Used For The Report

To help gather information, the BCNH committee, in consultation with a liaison panel of military researchers and health care personnel, convened a workshop of additional military personnel and civilian researchers and practitioners in the areas of physical fitness and performance, nutrition, and pregnancy. The proceedings of this workshop, summarized in Appendix A, helped to focus the questions originally provided by the Army.



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