Military.com is reporting that the proportion of Marine Corp recruits who are African American jumped by 40 percent over the last 12 months, halting a seven-year slide that has worried service leaders.
In fiscal 2007, which ended Sept. 30, blacks were 10.9 percent of Marine recruits, up from 7.8 percent in 2006, the smallest proportion of black recruits for the Corps since the all-volunteer force began 33 years ago.
The increase is timely given a Marine Corps plan to expand its active force by 27,000 over the next five years in response to protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other worldwide commitments.
I’ll be watching these numbers. I have no problem with African Americans fighting for this country (well, that statement needs it’s own disclaimer, but you know what I’m saying). However, I don’t want to see any disproportionate (to the total population of African Americans) numbers of young black people in any branch of the military.