This seemed odd to me so I did a little bit of research.
The DOD publishes a report titled "Population Representation in the Military Services" (it's really really hard to find. I actually had to type "ethnicity statistics" into the DOD search engine and click a button!) which details race and ethnicity of recruit candidates and accessions for enlisted and officers. Let's take a look at some of the stats shall we?
Totals for the DOD Applicants
|Two or More||2.48%||3.02%||2.59%|
source data: Appendix A-03. 2003 Population Representation in the Military Services
Total DOD Accessions
|Two or More||2.62%||2.88%||2.67%|
If the military is "unfairly targeting" racial / ethnic minorities, they seem to really suck at it.
Most of the applicants and recruits appear to be white, non-hispanic males.
Perhaps the Guardian (and the Associated Press) could have done this oh so complicated research and provided it to their readers rather than just doing a press release for groups such as Code Pink, American Friends Service Committee, and Veterans for Peace, all of whom are linked to and listed as co-sponsors by the websites provided by the Guardian in the article at http://www.leavemychildalone.org/
You don't suppose those groups would be lying about the statistics or that they might have an ulterior motive now do you?