More Asian Americans, Other Minorities Recruited in US Army: Report

The Nation, June 24, 2010

The United States has seen a record high of Asian Americans and people from other ethnic groups getting recruited in the army, according to a study published on Wednesday.

This can be attributed to rising unemployment rate in the country during recession and the increased bonuses provided by the U.S. government, said researchers at RAND Corp., a non-profit think tank.

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Usually Asian Americans were most unlikely to join the army and those who volunteered to join the army have the lowest rate of any ethnic groups. Asians make up 4 percent of the U.S. population, but only 1 percent of military recruits, statistics show.

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One of the reasons behind the increase is that most Asian American parents want their children to “go to college”, and joining the army is one way to go to college since the U.S. Government will pay the four-year tuition for anyone who has served in the army and will go to college.

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