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The Defense Department recognizes the bravery and exceptional service of Black military and civilian personnel and celebrates the richness and diversity of their achievements during February and all year.
African American/Black Active-Duty Service Members
1.3M Total Active-Duty Service Members
About 1 in every 7 service members is of African American or Black descent.
119,778 African American/Black DOD Civilians of 794,333 total Civilian Force.
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.