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U.S. military branches by the numbers

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Lt. Col. Ann Peru Knabe // U.S. Air Force photo

U.S. military branches by the numbers

While a great deal of noise has been made about the politicization of the military in recent years, people on both sides of the aisle can step back from politics and simply appreciate the bravery put on display by the more than one million active service members in the armed forces. Not only do they put their lives on the line in the pursuit of defending the United States, but they come from all different walks of life, having various ethnic backgrounds, educational history, and unique skill sets.

To provide more context on military diversity, Stacker used data from CNA that provides specific breakdowns of the American armed forces by various demographics. This story focuses on Department of Defense services branches, specifically the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Data was unavailable for the U.S. Coast Guard. For each branch, we've included 2016 statistics about the makeup of their personnel across various categories.

Read on to get a better idea of what the large coalition of brave servicemen and servicewomen protecting our nation actually looks like.

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Boing-boing // Wikimedia Commons

Active duty personnel – Army

2016 active duty personnel: 378,835
Percent of total personnel: 35.7%

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Official Navy Page // Wikimedia Commons

Active duty personnel – Navy

2016 active duty personnel: 265,716
Percent of total personnel: 25.1%

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US Air Force // Flickr

Active duty personnel – Air Force

2016 active duty personnel: 252,762
Percent of total personnel: 23.8%

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Marines // Flickr

Active duty personnel – Marines

2016 active duty personnel: 162,828
Percent of total personnel: 15.4%

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The U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

Breakdown by gender – Army

2016 active duty males: 325,603 (85.9%)
2016 active duty females: 53,232 (14.1%)

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Official Navy Page // Wikimedia Commons

Breakdown by gender – Navy

2016 active duty males: 215,540 (81.1%)
2016 active duty females: 50,176 (18.9%)

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US Air Force // Flickr

Breakdown by gender – Air Force

2016 active duty males: 204,476 (80.9%)
2016 active duty females: 48,286 (19.1%)

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U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos // Flickr

Breakdown by gender – Marines

2016 active duty males: 149,497 (91.8%)
2016 active duty females: 13,331 (8.2%)

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The U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

Breakdown by race/ethnicity – Army

2016 active duty members:
White: 65.1%
Black: 24.3%
Asian: 4.5%
Unknown: 4.12%
Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 1.2%
American Indian, Alaska Native: 0.8%
Two or more: 0.0%

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Official Navy Page // Wikimedia Commons

Breakdown by race/ethnicity – Navy

2016 active duty members:
White: 58.3%
Black: 19.1%
Asian: 5.6%
Unknown: 3.5%
Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 1.2%
American Indian, Alaska Native: 3.0%
Two or more: 9.3%

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US Air Force // Flickr

Breakdown by race/ethnicity – Air Force

2016 active duty members:
White: 70.2%
Black: 16.4%
Asian: 4.5%
Unknown: 3.4%
Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 1.3%
American Indian, Alaska Native: 0.7%
Two or more: 1.3%

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U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos // Flickr

Breakdown by race/ethnicity – Marines

2016 active duty members:
White: 79.4%
Black: 11.5%
Asian: 2.7%
Unknown: 3.2%
Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 1.2%
American Indian, Alaska Native: 1.1%
Two or more: 0.9%

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The U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

Percent who graduated high school – Army

2016 active duty members:
Who graduated high school: 96.35%
Who have a GED or equivalent: 3.50%
Who did not graduate high school: 0.15%

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Official Navy Page // Wikimedia Commons

Percent who graduated high school – Navy

2016 active duty members:
Who graduated high school: 98.37%
Who have a GED or equivalent: 1.21%
Who did not graduate high school: 0.42%

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US Air Force // Flickr

Percent who graduated high school – Air Force

2016 active duty members:
Who graduated high school: 99.96%
Who have a GED or equivalent: 0.04%
Who did not graduate high school: 0.00%

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Marines // Flickr

Percent who graduated high school – Marines

2016 active duty members:
Who graduated high school: 99.60%
Who have a GED or equivalent: 0.37%
Who did not graduate high school: 0.03%

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The U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

Percent who continue serving after several years – Army

2016 active duty members who continue serving after:
5 years of service: 80.3%
10 years of service: 84.8%
30 years of service: 73.2%

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Official Navy Page // Wikimedia Commons

Percent who continue serving after several years – Navy

2016 active duty members who continue serving after:
5 years of service: 81.5%
10 years of service: 91.7%
30 years of service: 12.6%

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Washington National Guard // Flickr

Percent who continue serving after several years – Air Force

2016 active duty members who continue serving after:
5 years of service: 93.1%
10 years of service: 91.7%
30 years of service: 8.6%

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Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th F // Flickr

Percent who continue serving after several years – Marines

2016 active duty members who continue serving after:
5 years of service: 51.9%
10 years of service: 84.3%
30 years of service: 2.2%

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The U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

Occupations with the most men – Army

Occupation with the most men: Infantry, Gun Crews and Seamanship (98,062)
Occupation with the highest percentage of men: Infantry, Gun Crews and Seamanship (98.29%)

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Presidio of Monterey // Flickr

Occupations with the most men – Navy

Occupation with the most men: Electrical (65,732)
Occupation with the highest percentage of men: Other Technical (91.50%)

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff // Flickr

Occupations with the most men – Air Force

Occupation with the most men: Supply (29,866)
Occupation with the highest percentage of men: Electrical (93.49%)

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Marines // Flickr

Occupations with the most men – Marines

Occupation with the most men: Infantry, Gun Crews and Seamanship (35,073)
Occupation with the highest percentage of men: Infantry, Gun Crews and Seamanship (99.01%)

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The U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

Occupations with the most women – Army

Occupation with the most women: Administrators (17,790)
Occupation with the highest percentage of women: Medical (26.88%)

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Official Navy Page // Wikimedia Commons

Occupations with the most women – Navy

Occupation with the most women: Electrical (12,974)
Occupation with the highest percentage of women: Administrators (28.54%)

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US Air Force // Flickr

Occupations with the most women – Air Force

Occupation with the most women: Administrators (13,916)
Occupation with the highest percentage of women: Medical (48.79%)

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Marines // Flickr

Occupations with the most women – Marines

Occupation with the most women: Administrators (4,072)
Occupation with the highest percentage of women: Administrators (19.20%)

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The U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

2016 enlistees – Army

2016 enlistees: 62,362
Percent change from 2015: +5.38%

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United States Naval Special Warfare // Wikimedia Commons

2016 enlistees – Navy

2016 enlistees: 30,624
Percent change from 2015: -12.44%

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Mobilus In Mobili // Flickr

2016 enlistees – Air Force

2016 enlistees: 32,279
Percent change from 2015: +24.92%

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Marines // Flickr

2016 enlistees – Marines

2016 enlistees: 30,378
Percent change from 2015: +2.59%

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