Army in Europe census data provided by DOD

By Bruce Anderson, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
March 24, 2010

HEIDELBERG, Germany - U.S. Army in Europe Soldiers, federal civilian employees, and dependent Family members will be counted in the upcoming 2010 Census – without filling out a census form.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau Website, Federal government departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, are required to provide a certified count of those stationed or deployed by the department overseas.

The DOD’s Defense Manpower Data Center will provide the count based on Home of Record, legal residence, or last duty station, in that order.

National Guard members serving overseas as of April 1, 2010, are also included in the overseas count. DOD contractors are not included in the count.

Service members and Family members living in the U.S. during the census are required to fill out a census form. They should not include those serving overseas in their household count.

According to a March 22 Armed Forces Press Service article, census information primarily is used to reapportion the number of seats allotted to each state in the House of Representatives. The government also draws on the data to distribute about $400 billion in aid for programs such as Medicaid. States use the records to determine how to allocate funds to cities and neighborhoods for critical projects such as infrastructure, hospitals and schools.

For more information, visit the Census Bureau’s Website: www.census.gov