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<p>Four U.S. Marines are seen as they take a timeout from supplying ammunition to the frontlines during the invasion of Saipan in the Mariana Islands on Aug. 31, 1944. Blacks have made great strides in the military since it was integrated 60 years ago, but they still struggle to gain a foothold in the higher ranks of the armed services, making up just 9 percent of all officers.</p>

Four U.S. Marines are seen as they take a timeout from supplying ammunition to the frontlines during the invasion of Saipan in the Mariana Islands on Aug. 31, 1944. Blacks have made great strides in the military since it was integrated 60 years ago, but they still struggle to gain a foothold in the higher ranks of the armed services, making up just 9 percent of all officers.

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Blacks in the military: After 60 years, black officers rare

Four U.S. Marines are seen as they take a timeout from supplying ammunition to the frontlines during the...