Divorce and the Military. The rising rate of Divorce Among Service Members
Updated: Oct 17
A recent article I read discusses the issue of prolonged deployments and its effects on a marriage. The article cites the frustrations at home and increasing demands on both military personnel and their families is leading to an increased number of divorces. The article cites to new research shows that military divorce rates are continuing to climb. In the 2009 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, there were an estimated 27,312 divorces among the nearly 765,000 married members of the active-duty Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, according to the Pentagon. . The article cites the psychological impact of eight years of war, preparing for war, being at war, coming home and having to think about going back to war again. On top of having children — it can have a tremendous impact on the family unit.
The article further states that, divorce is never easy, especially in the military. The weight of deployments and the pressures of responsibilities for those left behind are unfortunately taking their toll. Though support systems are available, the percentage rates for divorce continue to rise.
According to the article, the the military prides itself on taking care of military families. The psychological toll no matter all of the help is given to the military service member and the loved one at home can literally tear a family apart. Until the war ends there is not much that one can do.
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