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States sending the most young people to the military

Stacker Logo By Ben Wittstein of Stacker | Slide 1 of 52: In spite of being one of the world’s preeminent superpowers, the United States has some laws that are simply mind-boggling to citizens and foreigners alike. Someone must be 21 years of age to purchase a six-pack of beer, yet with parental permission, that same person could have already been a member of the American military for four years. While confusing, it is the law of the land. Being able to join the military at the age of 18 has resulted in many courageous young adults committing to the pursuit of defending their country.Active duty military personnel have grown older on average over the past 40 years, with the average officer now 34.5 years old and the average enlisted member 27, and there are still just under 150,000 enlistees between the ages of 18 and 24. And while citizens from all corners of the United States join the Armed Forces, there exists significant variation in numbers on a state-by-state basis.Using 2016 data from this CNA Corporation report, Stacker listed the states sending the most young people to the military. All 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, are ranked according to their relative representation ratios: each state’s percentage of the nation’s 18-to-24-year olds weighed against their percentage of the military’s enlistees in the same age range.Read on to see how many young people from your state are signing up for careers in national defense!RELATED: 82 top-rated charities for supporting the military, veterans, and their families

States sending the most young people to the military

In spite of being one of the world’s preeminent superpowers, the United States has some laws that are simply mind-boggling to citizens and foreigners alike. Someone must be 21 years of age to purchase a six-pack of beer, yet with parental permission, that same person could have already been a member of the American military for four years. While confusing, it is the law of the land. Being able to join the military at the age of 18 has resulted in many courageous young adults committing to the pursuit of defending their country.

Active duty military personnel have grown older on average over the past 40 years, with the average officer now 34.5 years old and the average enlisted member 27, and there are still just under 150,000 enlistees between the ages of 18 and 24. And while citizens from all corners of the United States join the Armed Forces, there exists significant variation in numbers on a state-by-state basis.

Using 2016 data from this CNA Corporation report, Stacker listed the states sending the most young people to the military. All 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, are ranked according to their relative representation ratios: each state’s percentage of the nation’s 18-to-24-year olds weighed against their percentage of the military’s enlistees in the same age range.

Read on to see how many young people from your state are signing up for careers in national defense!

RELATED: 82 top-rated charities for supporting the military, veterans, and their families

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