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‘Pop Rep in the Mil Services’ (II): Zooming in on the shape of the Air Force

More on the makeup of our services, today focusing on the USAF.

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More on the makeup of our services, today focusing on the USAF:

— Historically, the Air Force had the most officers of any service. But since 2007, the Army has had more. Now the Army has a full 18,000 more.

— 20% of Air Force officers are female.

— Hispanics are badly under-represented in the Air Force officer corps — 1.7%, vs. about 9% in the equivalent civilian population.

— There have been no warrant officers in the Air Force since 1984, but they make up 16% of the Army. (I would have guessed 5%. Where do they keep them all? Fort Rucker?)

— The Air Force’s ratio of enlisted to officers is 4 to 1. But if you throw warrant officers into the mix, the Navy and Army are close to that.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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