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Fact Of The Day #44: U.S. Military Better Educated Than Populace It Protects (INFOGRAPHIC)

US troops with the Third Infantry Division Headquarters await US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Fort
US troops with the Third Infantry Division Headquarters await US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia, on April 27, 2012, prior to Obama signing an Executive Order to help US service members and their families make informed decisions about education and to protect them from deceptive targeting by educational institutions. AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

As a whole, the U.S. military is far better educated than the American population it defends. 82.8% of U.S. military officers in 2010 had at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to 29.9 percent of the general population. 93.6% of enlisted soldiers had at least a high school diploma, compared to 59.5% of America.

See more about the increasingly professional military, and how it got that way, then join today’s discussion thread: are you surprised by these figures?

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