a Based on the Department of Defense (DoD) occupational conversion index. DoD numerical designator appears in parentheses.
b Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.
SOURCE: Defense Manpower Data Center, Monterey, California.
tional area according to racial/ethnic group. As the table shows, blacks account for over 47 percent of all active-duty enlisted personnel in functional support; this compares with 38 percent of whites, who comprise 58 percent of enlisted personnel as a whole. Aside from this disparity—as well as in the area of communications and intelligence specialists for whites and blacks—levels of racial/ethnic representation in Army occupations are reasonably close to the proportions found in the entire enlisted force.
As with women, patterns of participation for racial/ethnic groups in the enlisted force are similar to those seen in the officer corps (see Table 6.7). For example, whites tend to be more highly concentrated than other racial/ethnic groups in tactical operations, corresponding to their overrepresentation in the enlisted infantry. The largest proportions of each racial/ethnic minority