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Sun Mar 20, 2022, 02:13 PM

For service members of color, fear of racism weighs heavily in career choices

The report from Blue Star Families found some service members are passing up career-advancing moves because they don't want to relocate to certain cities.

Almost a third of the military families in a recent survey said they had turned down duty assignments over concerns about the racial climate at the new installation — even though they knew it could hurt their careers.

The study by Blue Star Families is the latest effort to fill in the knowledge gap about the impacts of diversity in the military, and it’s one of a handful in recent years that explores how race and discrimination affect the everyday lives of service members and their families.

The results were mixed. Most respondents said the military has had an overall positive effect on them, but many also reported outright discrimination like racial slurs and fear for their safety both on and off base.

“Active duty family respondents of color are making very big decisions about military life, based on perceptions of racism and fear for their family’s safety,” said Jennifer Akin, Director of Policy and Social Impact Research at Blue Star Families.


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PortTack Mar 2022 #1

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Sun Mar 20, 2022, 02:23 PM

1. Sad...really can't blame them. Not military, and still wouldn't want to live in a deep red state

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