Send Me: Racial Selection in Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan
38 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2016 Last revised: 15 Jul 2017
Date Written: March 1, 2017
Exploiting a database of administrative records for 300,000 members of the US Armed Forces, we find evidence of severe bias in the selection of personnel deployed to serve in Afghanistan and Iraq. Of most concern, we find that African American were far less likely than other service members to have been deployed to serve in combat zones, and were less likely to face intense combat if deployed.
Keywords: Military Manpower, OEF, OIF, Deployment, Defense, War, Minorities
JEL Classification: J45, J70, H56
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