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Table 2 Comparison of this sample, and the overall Army National Guard and Reserves

From: What pre-deployment and early post-deployment factors predict health function after combat deployment?: a prospective longitudinal study of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) soldiers

  Our sample Army National Guard (ARNG)/
   Army Reserve (AR)
Age - Mean years (SD; range) 28.0 (8.3; 18–57 years) Ages 18–60 years (ARNG overall Mean age approx. 33 years; Army Reserve enlisted average age is 31 years*)
Component   
Army NG 554 (72.2%) Deployed reservist Army personnel are 71% ARNG & 29% Army Reserves +
Army Reserve 202 (26.3%)
Active or Other 11 (1.4%)
Males 688 (89.7%) Army NG female = 13.4% Ŧ
Females 79 (10.3%) Army Reserve female = 23.8% Ŧ
   Overall Army Res comp. = 17.6% Ŧ
Education – Mean years (SD) 97.4% were high school graduates or equivalent and 2.0% had bachelor’s degree or equivalent number of years. In the Army NG and Army Reserve 99.8% and 99.3%, respectively were high school graduates or equivalent, and 15% had a bachelor’s degree*
Race   Army NG (%)/Army Reserves (%)
White 592 (77.2%)  
Black 69 (9.0%) White 73.0 57.3
American Indian 21 (2.7%) Black 13.9 23.2
Asian/Pac. Islander 21 (2.8%)  
Other 48 (6.3%) Asian/Pac. Isl. 1.9 4.4
Declined/Missing 16 (2.1%) Other 1.3 0.7
Ethnicity   Unknown 1.7 0.9
Hispanic 95 (12.4%) Hispanic 8.2 13.5
  1. *Average age and education for Reservists from Army Reserve Association, Inc. (2008) Specialized Workforce online http://www.armyreserve.org/SPECIALIZED_WORKFORCE.html.
  2. + Proportions based on numbers of Army NG and Army Reserve troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as of January 2, 2008. Waterhouse & O’Bryant (January 17, 2008) Congressional Research Service Report for Congress National Guard Personnel and Deployments: Fact Sheet (utilizing data from Department of Defense, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Legislative Affairs, January 2, 2008).
  3. Ŧ Race/ethnicity data from September 2008 data; http://diversity.defense.gov/Resources/Commission/issue_papers.aspx; Issue Papers 54 and 55.