This data brief provides key highlights for Asian American and Pacific Islanders service members and veterans. The information and statistics in this document are from various data collection efforts centered on military life, transition, employment, entrepreneurship, and higher education. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse groups in the country (their heritage traces to over 30 different countries and ethnic groups and include over 100 languages and dialects). 
 Taken from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (webpage). Asian American & Pacific Islander Asian American and Pacific Islander Special Emphasis Program. Retrieved from https://www.va.gov/ORMDI/DiversityInclusion/AAPI.asp
85% reported that joining the military was a GOOD decision.
Skills attributed to the military:
49% indicated they pursued a career DIFFERENT from their military specialty.
30% indicated they pursued a career SIMILAR to their military specialty.
Top 3 Transition Challenges:
In 2020, Asian veteran
unemployment was at 5.1%
Top 5 industries in 2019
- Educational, Health and Social Services
- Public Administration
- Professional, Scientific, Management, Administrative, and Waste Management Services
In 2019, 9% of Asian/Pacific Islander veterans were self-employed.
Current Barriers in 2020:
81% indicated that the military experience left a lasting impression in their education success.
In 2019, Asian /Pacific Islander post 9/11 veterans have achieved:
|47% bachelor’s degree or higher|
35% some college or associate degree