Monday, October 11, 2010

The Geography of Military Service

Richard Florida examines the military's deepening geographic divide:

The social divisions of class and inequality have always run through the military. Fighting forces have long been drawn disproportionately from lower-income, lower-skilled, and more economically disadvantaged populations. But what is new . . . is the degree to which those class divisions are underpinned by geography.

See the Map, here.

UPDATE:  The comments indicate, I think correctly, that Florida's map isn't so helpful.  For a more better map, try this one from the NY Times Heritage Foundation, here.

Steve Clowney

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But this represents where they're based, right? Not necessarily where they come from? I don't know much about how the military works, but I understood that when a person joined the military they were likely to moved to a "base", which would likely be somewhere other than their home. So I don't think this map tells us much about where the military is from geographically. It tells us where they live, but that might have more to do with where there's cheap land to have a large base.

Posted by: Jennifer | Oct 11, 2010 5:11:32 AM

I think both of those maps are interesting. The location of the bases (and thus the location of "military families") likely has some correlation with future recruitment.

The NY Times map certainly shows some stark regional differences that track the red state/blue state distinction.

Posted by: Tanya Marsh | Oct 12, 2010 11:05:29 AM

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