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Demographic Projections to the Year 2000 of Limited English Proficient Hispanic Accessions in the U.S. Army

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Final rept. 23 Feb-6 Jul 1983

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The U.S. Hispanic population including insular Puerto Ricans age 17-35 was projected to increase by an overall 36.1 in the years 1980-2000, as compared with an increase of 11.5 for the Black U.S. population of those ages and a decrease of 8 for the total U.S. population in the same age range. All Hispanic ethnic groups, especially non-Puerto Ricans, were projected to have large gains. Hispanic accession rates in FY 81 were higher for males than females and for Puetro Ricans than other Hispanics. Accession rates were highest of all for insular Puerto Ricans. Younger age groups, such as 18 through 20, had higher accession rates than older age groups. Accession rates for Hispanic males exceeded accession rates for Hispanic females by eight to one. Non-Puerto Rican Hispanics had more projected accessions than Puerto Ricans in the period 1980- 2000. Insular Puerto Ricans had higher accession projections than continental Puerto Ricans. Hispanic accessions were projected to grow from 5.0 to 5.8 as a proportion of total Army accessions between 1980 and 1990. ESL eligibility rates were much higher for Hispanic males than Hispanic females. Puerto Ricans had higher ESL eligibility rates thatn other Hispanics. Highest ESL eligibility rates were exhibited by Puerto Rican males age 21-22. Slight to moderate increases were found in ESL eligibility of Hispanic accessions age 17-35. Males were projected to outnumber females in terms of ESL eligibility. Furthermore, ESL eligibility projections were about ten times higher for Puerto Ricans than for other Hispanic accessions.

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