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Table 29. Number and percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds in the armed forces, by age group and sex: 2000 through 2008
 
Year Total Ages 18–19   Ages 20–21   Ages 22–24
Male Female   Male Female   Male Female
  Number in armed forces
2000 541,696 109,284 24,428   163,172 31,416   178,903 34,493
2001 555,786 107,537 23,802   168,607 33,295   185,944 36,601
2002 570,490 102,188 22,098   172,132 34,705   200,060 39,307
2003 578,766 94,168 19,964   173,661 34,654   214,658 41,661
2004 571,998 92,055 18,013   170,440 32,511   217,184 41,795
2005 541,313 82,648 15,325   161,585 28,877   212,818 40,060
2006 539,139 82,916 16,513   158,587 27,017   214,670 39,436
2007 531,357 82,636 15,974   151,923 25,739   217,557 37,528
2008 537,187 84,758 15,680   151,606 25,775   222,609 36,759
  Percentage of resident population in armed forces
2000 2.0 2.6 0.6   4.0 0.8   3.1 0.6
2001 2.0 2.6 0.6   4.0 0.8   3.2 0.7
2002 2.0 2.4 0.6   4.0 0.9   3.3 0.7
2003 2.0 2.2 0.5   4.1 0.9   3.4 0.7
2004 2.0 2.2 0.4   4.0 0.8   3.4 0.7
2005 1.9 2.0 0.4   3.8 0.7   3.3 0.7
2006 1.8 1.9 0.4   3.7 0.7   3.3 0.6
2007 1.8 1.9 0.4   3.5 0.6   3.3 0.6
2008 1.8 1.9 0.4   3.5 0.6   3.4 0.6
NOTE: Data consist of active component enlisted members of the armed forces, including members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center. "Population Representation in the Military Services," appendix B, fiscal years 2000–08 and U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Population Estimates, 2000–08, retrieved November 4, 2010, from http://www.census.gov/popest/national/asrh/2008-nat-res.html.

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