Why are blacks underrepresented in Special Forces?

Blacks make up 35% of US Army combat service support jobs (truck driver, food service specialist) but only 3% Special Forces. Why is this? Many people believe it's because blacks look at the Army as a steady paycheck with good benefits, while whites look at their service for the adventure and as a way to give back to their country.

Asked By: - 3/17/2012
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Couple of reasons off the top of my head... More
Answered By: Deathbunny - 3/17/2012
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Not everyone makes the cut for SF the training is hard & unrelenting only the best of the best make it color has nothing to do with it. If your suggesting that blacks in the military don't try out for it, I doubt that too my husband served & sir bravery does not were have a color.
Answered By: Polilical conundrum... - 3/17/2012
There are many factors. One is education. Special forces are highly trained and educated. Most are multilingual. Blacks still lag behind on education.
Answered By: xu - 3/17/2012
I think you already answered your own question, many African Americans join the military for its benefits, and special forces are strictly chosen by military officials.
Answered By: ac - 3/17/2012
You answered your own question.
Answered By: nissanman678 - 3/17/2012
It has nothing to do with representation. People get into special forces based on ability, not skin color.
Answered By: A Black Man's Holy Grail - 3/17/2012
Beliefs are like opinions, especially when there's no proof to substantiate those suspicions... More
Answered By: D. Control - 3/17/2012
Black or white? Both fight and kill. Both are trained equally. Identifying black or white for special forces roles based on stats that are without references is hardly meaningful when you answered your own question anyway. If you want to support your family and come out with a handful of skills the support roles are... More
Answered By: Jay - 3/17/2012
It has nothing to do with race or patriotism. African Americans only make up a smaller fraction of the service statistics compared to whites. So naturally, you are going to sew fewer of them in special forces positions.
Answered By: NavyGal - 3/17/2012
Ok. Lets look at it like this... More
Answered By: Pandora - 3/17/2012
If you are suggesting that blacks don't try out for special forces- and are more likely to go to support positions then that would be a good explanation.
Answered By: upyr1 - 3/18/2012
First off, there is a swim test....and as racist as it sounds, it is the 100% truth. It is why you don't see many blacks in any SOF unit... More
Answered By: C - 3/18/2012
because they don't volunteer for selection. while I was in the Q course only a very small fraction of solders there were black. I asked an SF operator why that was. He himself was African American and he chuckled and pointed out that black folks can't swim very well.
Answered By: Robert - 3/18/2012
I was in the military as well. In my experience, (and everyone else I've ever talked to that served), blacks did very little or nothing as far as effort while in the military. All the blacks I ever dealt with, and I mean all of them, spent their entire enlistments trying to get out of doing actual work. They would... More
Answered By: Jeff - 3/7/2014
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