Friday, October 08, 2004

Demographics of Death--Soldiers Killed in Iraq

Some food for thought...

After a little bit of searching here are the statistics I was able to find on the demographics of the casualties in the war in Iraq and the war on terror. The link takes you to the stats put out by the military and I have uploaded the pdf files for casualties during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (the stats for this are in two parts, one is pre-May1 and one is post-May 1). The numbers reflect totals for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. I'm not sure that this reflects the deaths of those in the national guard.

Interestingly the deaths in Operation Iraqi Freedom reflect the racial composition of the U.S. population in 2000, with the exception of the Asian category (n=1048)::
Whites -- 731 (70%)
Black or African American -- 132 (13%)
Hispanic or Latino -- (12%)
Asian -- 22 (2%)
Other categories were 1% or less

Deaths from Operation Enduring Freedom are a bit more concentrated in the white category:
Whites -- 116 (83%)
Black or African American -- 9 (6%)
Hispanic or Latino -- 12 (9%)
Asian -- 1 (0.7%)
Other categories were 1% or less

Op. Iraqi Freedom pre-May1
Op. Iraqi Freedom post-May1
Op. Enduring Freedom


At 9:08 AM, Blogger Erin said...

For some reason, I can't open the links. Do you know if this reflects #s on reserves? Brian at Pub Sociology, found some info on Reserves/National Guard with the census by state. What is your analysis of the numbers you found? Since, I can't get to the links, I'm not sure what to make of them.

At 7:38 AM, Blogger tina said...

Brian G. also has a paper forthcoming that does an analysis of war deaths by race. I think some of his most interesting findings are the comparisons between the racial rates of death in the "war" phase vs. the "occupation" phase. Here's the cite, but I'm sure Brian will send you a copy (I'll forward any email sent to me:

"Combat Casualties and Race: What can we learn from the 2003-2004 Iraq Conflict?" Armed Forces & Society

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Sorry the links didn't work, they seemed to be okay when I checked them before posting. The stuff I posted is available at: You have to look at two sets of numbers for casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom and there is one measuring the casualties in Operation Enduring Freedom. I do not believe these include anyone in the national guard, it may include those in the reserves for the respective branches of service.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Erin said...

great. thanks tina!


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