News Release

February 10, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: David Vordick, VP & CIO, (703) 824-2015

CNA Releases Most Recent "Pop Rep" Report
Population Representation in the Military Services 2014 Available on

Arlington, VA CNA today announced the availability of the most recent edition of Population Representation in the Military Services, the annual study of the demographic make-up of the personnel serving in the armed forces.

The report, prepared by CNA Resource Analysis for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, highlights recent and historical personnel trends in the Department of Defense services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

"This report, which is Congressionally mandated, has been prepared annually since 1974 and is intended to give policymakers, the media, and the general public a more complete understanding of the demographics of the U.S. military services," explained Anita Hattiangadi, research team leader for CNA Resource Analysis. "It describes demographic characteristics of applicants, accessions, enlisted personnel, and officers and includes information on the socioeconomic characteristics of those accessed into the military in Fiscal Year 2014."

The report pays particular attention to non-prior service (NPS) accessions in the enlisted force and found that the NPS accessions for 2014 are better educated, score higher on a nationally normed test, are more likely to have come from the South, more likely to be a minority race, less likely to be Hispanic, and are more likely to be male than is the benchmark civilian population.

In a special section on diversity, which looked at minority accessions and strength by gender, the report found that for both commissioned officers and enlisted personnel a higher percentage of female accessions than male accessions came from all minority groups. The findings for end strength were similar for both the enlisted force and the officer corps. (Because previous analyses had tended to focus either on minorities or on gender, but not on both, these findings were not well known.)

Population Representation in the Military Services 2014 (as well as Pop Rep reports 1997-2012) is available at

CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization dedicated to the safety and security of the nation. It operates the Center for Naval Analyses — the only Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) serving the Department of the Navy — as well as the Institute for Public Research. CNA is dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance. With nearly 700 scientists, analysts and professional staff, CNA takes a real-world approach to gathering data. Its one-of-a-kind field program places analysts on carriers and military bases, in squad rooms and crisis centers, working side-by-side with operators and decision-makers around the world. CNA supports naval operations, fleet readiness and great power competition. Its non-defense research portfolio includes criminal justice, homeland security and data management.

Note to writers and editors: CNA is not an acronym and is correctly referenced as "CNA, a research organization in Arlington, VA."


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