Statistics on Women in the Military

Women Serving Today
Information courtesy of the Department of Defense and the US Coast Guard.
Data as of Sept. 30, 2011.

Active Duty

Reserve & Guard
Women
Total
%Women
Women
Total
%Women
USA
76,694
565,463
13.6%
USAR
62,473
288,686
21.6%
USMC
13,677
201,157
6.8%
USMCR
5,704
100,453
5.7%
USN
53,385
325,123
16.4%
USNR
20,549
103,015
19.9%
USAF
63,552
333,370
19.1%
USAFR
28,463
106,814
26.6%
Total DoD
207,308
1,425,113
14.5%
Total
DoD
117,189
598,968
19.6%
USCG
6,790
43,251
15.7%
USCGR
1,592
9,526
16.7%
Total
214,098
1,468,364
14.6%
Reserve
Total
118,781
608,494
19.5%
Figures include Cadets and Midshipmen
USARNG
53,290
365,166
14.6%
USANG
19,500
105,685
18.5%

(More than 90% of all career fields in the armed forces are now open to women)

Guard
Total
72,790
470,851
15.5%

Women in Military Conflicts Women Prisoners of War
Spanish-American War 1,500 Civil War 1*
World War I 35,000 World War II 90**
World War II (era) 400,000 Desert Storm 2
Korea (in theater) 1,000 Operation Iraqi Freedom 3
Vietnam (in theater) 7,500

*known
**includes 1 American Red Cross and 3 Army Civilians

 

Revised 11/29/11

Grenada (deployed) 170
Panama (deployed) 770
Desert Storm (in theater) 41,000