Characteristics of Active Component Enlisted Force[Footnote 5]
At the end of FY 2002, the enlisted end-strength of the USCG stood at 29,767, up from 28,046 in FY 2001.[Footnote 6] The FY 2002 Coast Guard enlisted force was 90 percent male and 10 percent female. Relative to the overall DoD, proportionally the Coast Guard has more male enlisted members (85 and 90 percent, respectively).
The distribution of race/ethnicity by gender for FY 2002 USCG and overall DoD Active Component enlisted members along with the applicable civilian comparison group is shown in Table 7.3. Relative to the comparable civilian population, the USCG enlisted force was more likely to be White (68 and 83 percent, respectively) and less likely to be Black (13 and 6 percent, respectively) or Hispanic (14 and 7 percent, respectively). Furthermore, compared to the overall DoD enlisted force, members of the USCG are more likely to be White and less likely to be minorities, particularly Black (6 percent Black in the USCG vs. 22 percent Black in the DoD).
[Footnote 5] There may be discrepancies between data provided in text and the chapter’s textual tables and the data provided in the appendix tables. Appendix tables are provided by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) and in many cases may not match official Coast Guard data represented in this chapter. As a rule, information is provided by DMDC, except where noted. [back to paragraph]
[Footnote 6] Enlisted end-strength data provided by U.S. Coast Guard Workforce Forecasting & Analysis Staff. [back to paragraph]