The Changing Pakistan Army Officer Corps
Journal of Strategic Studies, Forthcoming
34 Pages Posted: 25 May 2010 Last revised: 13 Jul 2010
Date Written: July 12, 2010
The Pakistan army elicits many concerns about terrorism, nuclear proliferation and the coherence of the state. However, very little is actually known about this institution. This essay mobilizes unique data to address one important facet: the army’s geographical recruitment base. We find that the Pakistan army has been successful at expanding the geographical recruitment base while some groups (namely those who are native to Sindh) remain highly under-represented. We also find that the officer corps is increasingly coming from urban areas. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of these important shifts subject to the limitations of our data.
Keywords: Pakistan army, recruitment, Islamism
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