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Black History Month

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.

Pentagon Exhibit Honors Military Contributions of African Americans



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African American/Black Personnel in the Defense Department

By The Numbers Data By The Numbers Data

African American/Black Active-Duty Service Members

202K Enlisted

20.5k Officers

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.