The U.S. military can be thought of as a microcosm of American society, bringing in people from diverse backgrounds and history to defend one nation. Military leaders must address the same issues and concerns as those found in the civilian world, including exclusion, segregation, and discrimination. In some cases, the military has led the nation by creating policies of inclusion before civilian laws required them to do so. In other causes, the military has lagged behind the larger society. The goal of this book is to provide an overview of the ways in which diversity has been addressed in the military by providing information about particular forms of diversity including race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexuality. Subject matter experts provide their insights into the roles that each of these groups have played in the U.S. armed services as well as the laws, rules, and regulations regarding their participation. Ultimately, the authors utilize this information as a way to better understand military diversity and the unique ways that individuals incorporate the military into their sense identity.
Chapter 1Part 1. Race and Ethnic Diversity in the MilitaryChapter 2: African-Americans in the U.S. MilitaryChapter 3: Rising Minority: Hispanics in the U.S. MilitaryChapter 4: Fighting to Belong: Asian American Military Service and American CitizenshipChapter 5: Native American "Warriors" in the United States Armed ForcesPart 2. Sexuality, Gender and Religious Minorities in the MilitaryChapter 6: Women in the U.S. Military: Progress and ChallengesChapter 7: Lesbian and Gay Service Members and Their FamiliesChapter 8: The Integration of Trans People into the Military Chapter 9: Religious Diversity in the U.S. Armed Forces Part 3. Intersections: Linking StatusesChapter 10: The Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the Military