Chicago Tribune: Daniel Johnson: The military could ease its recruiting crisis by doing more to resolve systemic racial issues
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Chicago Tribune – January 4, 2023
By Daniel Johnson
Military leaders have blamed negative narratives around military service for preventing people from joining. But systemic racism and discrimination are an exacerbating factor to the nation’s recruiting crisis — and therefore national security.
For example, the military’s judicial system has no explicit category for hate crimes, which the federal government, 46 states and the District of Columbia have on the books, making it almost impossible to fully quantify racial discrimination in its ranks. Black service members are as much as twice as likely to face a court martial than white service members, according to an analysis by the advocacy group Protect Our Defenders, which focuses on military justice.
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