Overview of the 2021 Demographics Profile Dashboards
This Demographics Profile dashboard presents a synthesis of demographic information describing Active Duty (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Space Force) and Reserve component (Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and DHS’s Coast Guard Reserve) members and their families. It serves as a reference tool for professionals who develop policy or deliver programs and services to military members and families in the Armed Forces. For previous years’ pdf reports, please visit Military OneSource Demographics Profiles.
Presentation of Information
Military member demographics and family demographics are presented separately for Active Duty and Reserve and Guard populations as follows:
- Chapter 1: Total Military Force
- Chapter 2: Active Duty Members
- Chapter 3: Reserve and Guard Members
- Chapter 4: Total Force Families
- Chapter 5: Active Duty Families
- Chapter 6: Reserve and Guard Families
The data contained in these visualizations were derived from a variety of sources and, in general, only data that are available on a consistent basis for all Services are presented. The majority of data are managed by the Defense Manpower Data Center, particularly the Active Duty Military Personnel Master File, the Active Duty Military Family File, the Reserve Components Common Personnel Data System, and the Reserve Components Family File.
All dashboards included in the visualizations contain source citations, and the References page provides a reference for all data sources. Readers needing additional information are encouraged to directly access the listed sources.
Guidelines for Interpreting Data
Guiding principles for interpreting data include:
- Numbers for population groups (e.g., Active Duty, enlisted members) may vary across dashboards as a result of different data sources, missing data, and/or rounding.
- Percentages may not total to 100 due to rounding or missing data.
- Warrant officers are included with officers unless otherwise noted. However, it is important to note that the Air Force and Space Force do not have warrant officers.
In the Active Duty chapters, data are presented for the five DoD Service branches (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Space Force). Some information about the DHS’s Active Duty Coast Guard is presented in the Total Military Force chapter. In the Reserve and Guard Members chapters, data are presented for the six Reserve components under DoD (Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve) as well as DHS’s Coast Guard Reserve.
All data pertaining to Active Duty and Selected Reserve family members (i.e., spouses, children, and adult dependents) are extracted from the Defense Enrollment and Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Therefore, the data are dependent on the military members reporting the necessary information.
For More Information
For more information on military demographics, family programs and policy, and military research, refer to:
- Military OneSource Around the clock access to family support
- 2021 Demographics Profile PDF Complete Demographics Profile for Active Duty and Reserve and Guard members and families
- 2021 Demographics Profile Infographics Summary of 2021 Demographics Profile data
This report is published by the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (ODASD (MC&FP)), under contract with ICF.
A special thank you is given to the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) and Office of People Analytics (OPA) staff who provided data and support for these documents and dashboards.