Which States Boast the Highest Military Enlistment Rates in America?

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by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News

Interesting new data released by the Pentagon shine a spotlight on who serves our nation in the armed forces.

Military enlistment in the U.S. very wildly, ranging from less than 3 per thousand in North Dakota to more than 7 per thousand in Florida and Maine.

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According to the Defense Department, differences exist at the regional level as well. In 2013, 44% of all military recruits came from the South, despite it having only 36% of the country’s 18-24 year-old civilian population.

By contrast, the Northeast was the most underrepresented region of the country; only 14% of new enlistments came from this area, compared to 18% of its 18-24 year-old population.

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The Pentagon says it doesn’t care about the demographics of its recruits, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate on which Americans volunteer to serve their country and why.

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