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Decision Makers 2013

Is the Military Underrepresented Among Top Administration Officials?

Army and Air National Guardsmen work on top of military tanker trucks in Freehold, N.J., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, as they load fuel for delivery. Guard units have been deployed to help as the region continues to recover from last week's pounding by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

July 22, 2013

While the military is composed of a smaller segment of the American population than any other time in history, so too, within the ranks of Obama's top Decision Makers, the percentage of those with military service is decreasing. In the first term, 12 percent of top officials surveyed by National Journal had reported military experience. Now, that figure is 9 percent. It is much more likely for a top official to have spent time lobbying (13 percent), or have worked on the hill (29 percent).

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