"The MLDC [Military Leadership Diversity Commission] has been tasked with assessing the Services' ability to 'increase' continuation rates for racial/ethnic minorities and women. As a first step toward this goal, this issue paper presents retention rates (measured by zone-specific reenlistment rates) for enlisted servicemembers in the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Air Force by gender and race/ethnicity. Although the language in the MLDC charter suggests that retention rates among minority race and ethnicity groups are lower than those of whites, this does not appear to be the case: The data show that reenlistment rates for blacks, Hispanics, and Asian/Pacific Islanders are actually higher than reenlistment rates for whites. However, as time in service increases, the gap between minority and white reenlistment rates closes. In contrast to racial/ethnic differences, the evidence presented here does suggest that, on average, reenlistment rates are lower among women than men. Further, the gap in reenlistment rates between men and women grows from Zone A to Zone B but shrinks once servicemembers reach Zone C."
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Issue Paper No. 31
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