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A new study by the Pew Research Center found that of the 167,000 women in the U.S. combined forces, 31% are black. When white women make up just 53% of the women in the military, but represent 78% of the general female population, that percentage is huge.
According to Madam Noire, Beth J. Asch, a senior economist and defense manpower specialist at the Rand Corporation, suggested in a New York Times article that the large number of black women enlisting is a result of the military’s recruiting practices. She said the military tries to attract high school graduates who are looking for job training, good benefits, and help with college tuition which appeals to a lot of black women.