Over the past couple of decades the makeup of our military forces is undergoing some drastic change. Despite the herculean recruiting efforts by each of the services, fewer and fewer of our citizens are choosing to serve in uniform. I find this to be a curiosity of some interest. Two particular statistics bear this out.
Firstly, the most recent available U.S. Census data indicates that there are about 315 million people in this country. Secondly, out of our total population at any given time only 2.6 to 2.8 million Americans are serving in one of our military branches. This means that at any given time there are less than 1 percent of our citizens serving in uniform.