||Cumulative Inequality and Differential Returns models of inequality offer diverging explanations for status attainment disparity amongst varied social groups. Cumulative Inequality theorists argue that disadvantaged groups are condemned to reconcile the obstructions associated with structural inequality and marginalization, while groups situated in a position of social privilege will build from their platforms of advantage and continue to see advances within our institutions. In contrast, Differential Returns theorists posit that life course turning points of serious magnitude can produce a diverse series of outcomes for groups situated in disparate positions of power and privilege. Existing literature suggests that military service participation generates a varied number of consequences for distinct racial groups. This study measures the scale of income acquisition variance between veterans and nonveterans as it is modified by race. Multivariate regression analyses of 2005 American Community Survey data will determine the potential nature of racial influence as it shapes the outcomes of military participation.