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October 11, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

Today's Army: Smart, Middle Class, and Southern

It's long been a well known fact among the media and political elites that the military is made up of the dregs - poor, dumb minorities who were forced to join up and fight only because of the poor state of the economy. Except none of this is actually true.

A recent study of recent Army recruits by the National Priorities Project found the racial makeup of recruits reflects the nation as a whole and they are smarter and better educated than their peers. And they're not poor - the middle class is in fact over-represented while the wealthy and poor (top and bottom 20% income brackets) are under-represented. Furthermore the study found that the quality of recruits did not vary much with the unemployment rate which undercuts the idea that it's economic desperation that drives people to sign up.

They note that the South continues to generate relatively more recruits than other regions. Nationally the US recruitment rate is 1.47 active-duty recruits per 1000 youth and here is the breakdown by region:

So the Army gets about 23% more recruits than you'd expect from the South. Now some worry about a possible Southern-ization of the military but looking at these numbers maybe we should really be asking what's wrong with the Northeast.

Now the NPP is a lefty group but given that the results of their study go against the usual liberal biases and conceits, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt in this case. You can read the full report here.

So that's where Army recruits are coming from - but where do they end up?

Well here's a map showing the most military states based on the number of active military personnel per 10,000 people:


And on the whole members of the military tend to be stationed predominantly in the South and West although Alaska comes out on top due to its relatively small non-Palin population.

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