Our Cultural Expanse: Asian & Pacific Islanders, 1973-1991

Admiral Elmo Zumwalt’s measures to further reduce racial discrimination and tension in the Navy resulted in increased enlistment and advancement opportunities. In 1976 the U.S. Naval Academy opened its doors to women, thus removing the final barrier to commissioning opportunities for minorities at the Academy. More than 2.3 percent of the armed forces were of Asian & Pacific Islander descent prior to U.S. involvement in the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s.


Explore our parent command, Naval History and Heritage Command‘s historical presentation: Asian and Pacific Islanders.

For non-military presentations, visit the official website for Asian and Pacific American History Month.

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