what counts as a minority?

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  1. gocubsgo

    gocubsgo Member

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    WITHOUT getting into the pros/cons of diversity recruitment/selection whatever, can someone list what is considered and what is not considered a minority for selection purposes to a service academy?
     
  2. Art.Perea

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    From what I understand, anyone that is not a white male.
     
  3. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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    I am not white and I did not do anything with diversity recruitment, just putting that out there.
     
  4. buff81

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    For purposes of admissions at West Point, a minority is:
    African American
    Hispanic
    American Indian

    There is a separate minority admissions officer that you will be assigned to if you are a minority.
     
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    What about gender preference?
     
  6. Vista123

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    What about :
    Women
    Indian
    Asian
    Middle eastern
     
  7. Hoffy600

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    :yllol: why is it that there are just so many of those applying to USMA? haha
     
  8. kinnem

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    Based on Buff81's answer these groups would not be treated as minorities. The would be because they are either already adequately represented in the cadet population, or they are considered a subgroup of a group that is already adequately represented (as I recall from other threads).
     
  9. Art.Perea

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    That would make a very interesting paper.....
     
  10. BillSL

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    Read: these are UNDERREPRESENTED minorities.
     
  11. TacKLed

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    I saw the demographics for West Point and all I remember was that it said something like 6% African American or something like that.
     
  12. MemberLG

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    So then Asian should be counted as a minority?
    And I also know that there is this one Indian (from India, not Native American) ex-West Point grad on the admissions board. (I think he is enlisted too)

    -TheChicagoan
     
  14. Vista123

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    From reading MemberLG's post it would be my understanding that a person of Asian descent would not be considered a minority. In fact it would look as though there are more (percentage wise) people who are Asian in the class of 2015 than what is reflected buy the US census (percentage wise again).

    After looking further into this, limited to goggle searches ;) If the goal is to make the Officer base in the military reflective of the percentage of enlisted that is in the military I would assume that people who are Asian and Indian (not native american) would not be an under represented minority.

    I am unclear on the significance of there being one Indian (from India, not Native American) ex-West Point grad on the admissions board?
     
  15. Ken2012

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    The Corps is supposed to reflect the Army, is what I hear.
     
  16. BigNick

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    Honest non-politically correct truth.

    First - the women who get admissions to West Point are fully qulified in every area.

    Women ARE NOT considered a minority. HOWEVER - - VERY BIG HOWEVER - is that there are "goals" for a certain % of the class to be women. Those of us with long Army experience are very famililar with "goals". In effect they are quotas because dedicated Army officers always reach their goals.
     
  17. MemberLG

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    Worthless goal as what benefits do we get from the Corps reflecting the Army?
     
  18. MemberLG

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    I think Indians (not native american) are under-represented in the Army and in the Corps in respect to the general population.

    But, by grouping Indians (not native american) as Asian, don't have to consider them as under-represent. I ran into very few soldiers with Indian heritage so far in my military career.
     
  19. Ken2012

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    Sir,

    I heard that said (or something of similar effect) thrown around at some admissions events.
     
  20. kinnem

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    You get political support for the army when its needed from a broader swath of the population.
     

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