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U.S. military branches by the numbers

U.S. military branches by the numbers
1/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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Active duty personnel – Army
2/Boing-boing // Wikimedia Commons

Active duty personnel – Army

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

Active duty personnel – Navy
3/Official Navy Page // Wikimedia Commons

Active duty personnel – Navy

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

Active duty personnel – Air Force
4/US Air Force // Flickr

Active duty personnel – Air Force

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

Active duty personnel – Marines
5/Marines // Flickr

Active duty personnel – Marines

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

Breakdown by gender – Army
6/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%)

Breakdown by gender – Navy
7/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%)

Breakdown by gender – Air Force
8/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%)

Breakdown by gender – Marines
9/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%)

Breakdown by race/ethnicity – Army
10/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%

Breakdown by race/ethnicity – Navy
11/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%

Breakdown by race/ethnicity – Air Force
12/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%

Breakdown by race/ethnicity – Marines
13/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%

Percent who graduated high school – Army
14/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%

Percent who graduated high school – Navy
15/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%

Percent who graduated high school – Air Force
16/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%

Percent who graduated high school – Marines
17/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%

Percent who continue serving after several years – Army
18/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%

Percent who continue serving after several years – Navy
19/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%

Percent who continue serving after several years – Air Force
20/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%

Percent who continue serving after several years – Marines
21/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%

Occupations with the most men – Army
22/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%)

Occupations with the most men – Navy
23/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%)

Occupations with the most men – Air Force
24/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%)

Occupations with the most men – Marines
25/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%)

Occupations with the most women – Army
26/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%)

Occupations with the most women – Navy
27/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%)

Occupations with the most women – Air Force
28/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%)

Occupations with the most women – Marines
29/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%)

2016 enlistees – Army
30/The U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

2016 enlistees – Army

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

2016 enlistees – Navy
31/United States Naval Special Warfare // Wikimedia Commons

2016 enlistees – Navy

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

2016 enlistees – Air Force
32/Mobilus In Mobili // Flickr

2016 enlistees – Air Force

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

2016 enlistees – Marines
33/Marines // Flickr

2016 enlistees – Marines

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

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