"The MLDC [Military Leadership Diversity Commission] charter directs the commission to 'Measure the ability of current activities to increase continuation rates for ethnic- and gender-specific members of the Armed Forces.' To help with this task, this issue paper (IP) looks at continuation rates for enlisted personnel in the Reserve Component (RC). The main goal is to identify continuation differences by gender and race/ethnicity. We identify three major patterns. First, continuation rates for women are consistently lower than the rates for their male counterparts. Second, continuation rates for Hispanics and for non- Hispanic Asians and Pacific Islanders (API) are higher than rates for non-Hispanic whites. In general, API continuation rates are the highest across all race/ethnicity categories. Third, continuation rates are consistently lower for non-Hispanic blacks and for those in the 'other' category, although less consistently. This IP also reports results by Service and, to help identify patterns across enlisted personnel careers, by years of service."
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Issue Paper No. 60
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