Racial Selection in Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan

38 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2018

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Laura Armey

Naval Postgraduate School

Peter Berck

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Jonathan Lipow

Government of the United States of America - Defense Resources Management Institute

Date Written: September 5, 2018

Abstract

The US Armed Forces officially desegregated in 1948. Over the following 70 years, the military has made great strides in promoting racial integration. However, we find evidence that, even today, African American soldiers’ experience of military service differs significantly from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Exploiting a database of administrative records for 110,000 Army personnel serving during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, we find that African Americans were less likely than other service members to have deployed, or to face intense combat if deployed.

Keywords: Military Manpower, Soldiers, Combat, War, African Americans, Race, Poverty, OEF, OIF

JEL Classification: H0, J4, J7

Suggested Citation

Armey, Laura and Berck, Peter and Lipow, Jonathan, Racial Selection in Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan (September 5, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3244866 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3244866

Laura Armey (Contact Author)

Naval Postgraduate School ( email )

United States

Peter Berck

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Jonathan Lipow

Government of the United States of America - Defense Resources Management Institute ( email )

United States

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