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By The Numbers: Today's Military

Large infographic about military demographics and Afghanistan / Iraq casualties

To go with a series of NPR stories about “who serves” in the U.S. military, I worked with editor Erica Ryan and news librarian JoElla Straley on a very large infographic about military demographics and casualties.

The number of Americans serving in the military is a small slice of the U.S. population. Here, a graphical look at the makeup of the military and the sacrifices those troops have made.

At one point I went back to double-check the Afghanistan / Iraq casualty numbers, only to find that they had been updated. It was a sobering process to update my spreadsheet — a few more Air Force personnel injured in one place, a couple more Army soldiers killed in another, and so on.

A few of the sources that informed this graphic:

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