Black service members haven't been equally promoted to officer ranks

Black Americans enlist in the military at a higher rate than other people of color and whites, relative to their share of the US population. But unlike their peers, they are disproportionately under-represented among officer ranks.

Black/African American

All other people of color

White

Unknown/Other

American pop.

13%

15%

72%

Total military

17%

12%

69%

All enlisted

service members

19%

13%

67%

All officers

9%

12%

76%

20%

40%

60%

80%

100%

Black/African American

All other people of color

White

Unknown/Other

American pop.

13%

15%

72%

Total military

17%

12%

69%

All enlisted

service members

19%

13%

67%

All officers

9%

12%

76%

20%

40%

60%

80%

100%

Black/African American

All other people of color

White

Unknown/Other

American population

13%

15%

72%

Total military

17%

12%

69%

All enlisted

service members

19%

13%

67%

All officers

9%

12%

76%

20%

40%

60%

80%

100%