For service members of color, fear of racism in military towns weighs heavily in career choices – Texas Standard – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Almost a third of the military families in a recent survey said they had turned down duty assignments over concerns about the racial climate at the new installation — even though they knew it could hurt their careers.

The study by Blue Star Families is the latest effort to fill in the knowledge gap about the impacts of diversity in the military, and it’s one of a handful in recent years that explores how race and discrimination affect the everyday lives of service members and their families.

The results were mixed. Most respondents said the military has had an overall positive effect on them, but many also reported outright discrimination like racial slurs and fear for their safety both on and off base.

“Active duty family respondents of color are making very big decisions about military life, based on perceptions of racism and fear


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