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Hispanics Not Reaching Top Ranks of the Military

Hispanics Not Reaching Top Ranks of the Military

Even though Hispanic participation in the U.S. armed forces has remained relatively equal to the community’s population growth, a new study by the CASABA Group -- a Hispanic veterans organization -- shows that Hispanics are not being elevated to the top ranks of the military. Between 1995 and 2016, only one Latino had become a three-star General despite the number of active-duty Hispanic officers more than doubling, from 6,117 to 15,033, in that same time period, according to the study. Data provided by the Pentagon showed that there are no Hispanics represented in the 37 highest ranking officers in the military -- four-star Generals in the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps, and Admirals in the Navy. Thirty-two are white men, two are white women, two are Black men, and one is an Asian American man. This is a trend that is seen throughout all the ranks, including the top of the civilian structure of the Pentagon. Out of 45 civilians with the top Defense Department pay grade, only one is Hispanic, according to the study. "When you have good representation at the upper ranks, it helps to promote younger generations from the group," Edward Cabrera, President of the CASABA Group, said. "Human nature comes into play. Generally speaking, people will pick people like themselves to replace them or to get promoted." The CASABA Group called on Congress to include the creation of a Defense Advisory Committee on Latinos in the Services in the Department of Defense Budget by 2019. Overall, 17% of active-duty enlisted service members are Hispanic, on par with the 17.5% of the general U.S. population that is Hispanic, according to the report. More here.

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