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The American Legion website published some facts about blacks in the military:
- There are 2.15 million: Black military veterans nationwide
- 2% of active-duty enlisted women are African-American (2016)
- 1% of active-duty enlisted men are African-American (2016)
Additional black military facts: in 2020, Gen. Charles Q. Brown made history when he became the Air Force’s 22nd chief of staff and the first Black military service chief in the 245-year history of the U.S. armed forces. And most recently, Lloyd Austin became the first African American to serve as the United States secretary of defense in 2021.