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(p. 3) Demographics and Characteristics of the US Military and Veteran Populations 

(p. 3) Demographics and Characteristics of the US Military and Veteran Populations
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(p. 3) Demographics and Characteristics of the US Military and Veteran Populations
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Jomana Amara

and Ann M. Hendricks

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199353996.003.0001
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date: 05 April 2020

This chapter discusses the basic demographics of the military and veteran populations, including age, gender, race, and geography, giving the reader a brief overview of who serves in the military. The trends are similar in both the active duty and Reserve components. There seems to be a subtle shift in demographics between 1995 and 2011, with the reshaping of the forces resulting in a smaller force that has responded to two major engagements, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The current operational role for the Reserve components implies that large numbers of Guard and Reserve personnel will be called to active duty in the coming years. Most significant, the forces have undergone an increase in the participation of women and other minorities.

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