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  • Writer's pictureJames Chau

US Military Personnel and Divorce Rates

According a recent article, the divorce rate among soldiers has increased in the last year as military marriages suffered continuing stress from two ongoing wars.

There were an estimated 10,200 failed marriages in the active duty Army and 3,077 among Marines, according to the Associated Press. The divorce rate was originally 3.3 percent, but has risen to 3.5 percent in the last year.

The information shows 3.7 percent of more than 84,000 married Marines divorced in fiscal year 2008, increased from 3.3 percent in 2007. Some veteran and family groups believe the Pentagon figures are too low because they do not take include those who divorced after leaving the service.

Repeated deployments have been blamed for stresses on military couples. Spouses at home left to care for their family without their spouse.

According to the article, women in the military usually experience higher rates of failed marriages than men. Army women divorced at a rate of 8.5 percent and for men it was only 2.9 percent.

Mental health surveys taken in Iraq, showed 15 percent of troops said they intended to divorce when they got home. And all the services have started programs to help couples make it through this difficult time.

The Army has a couples course, and a family course that helps couples with children to stay close and parent well. The Marines have offer workshops to teach couples to manage conflict, solve problems and communicate better.

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