The percentage of African-American military enlistees has drastically declined since the 1980s.
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In 1979 the percentage of Black people serving in the military was at 28%, and now is at almost half the amount– under 15%.
Studies show that African-Americans have increasingly perceived the military as “racially discriminatory workplace,”which may contribute to the drastic decline.
The percentage of black high school seniors who perceived that the military discriminates against African Americans “to a great extent” or “to a very great extent” had hovered around 10 percent during the late 1970s and 1980s. But that percentage doubled in the early 1990s and was still at 15 percent in 2003.