Wednesday, January 22, 2003

But they do get more paper cuts

Several have noted that contrary to race hustlers' claims, the front line US troops are not composed disproportionately of minorities. For blacks in particular, the trend is to non-combat jobs to develop marketable skills.

There certainly isn't anything wrong with that, and the military needs people in non-combat positions too. But then there's this:
This is also the reason that there are even fewer minorities in the higher ranks of the military. The military has traditionally relied on the servicemen with combat arms experience for top leadership positions.
It makes sense to me, but I'm sure it will become a cause celebre as soon as a focus group signs off on it.

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