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The Make-up of American Soldiers During Vietnam

Describe the make-up of American soldiers during Vietnam. As the antiwar movement deepened, how did soldiers protest the war? Evaluate the conditions soldiers returned to in America following their service.

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American soldiers were comprised of a cross-section of Americans overall. According to U.S. War Dogs Inc, an organization of former and current U.S. Military canine handlers, the following is a snapshot of the makeup of American soldiers during Vietnam.

1. 88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6% (275,000) were black; 1% belonged to other races.
2. 86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes Hispanics); 12.5% (7,241) were black; 1.2% belonged to other races.
3. 170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam ; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died there.
4. 70% of enlisted men killed were of North-west European descent.
5. 86.8% of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were Caucasian; 12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to other races.
6. 14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks.
7. 34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.
8. Overall, blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time when the percentage of ...

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The solution uses reasoned explanation backed up by statistics to uncover the groups of peoples that made up the American army during the Vietnam conflict in 685 words with references.