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Military divorce rate higher for servicewoman than for servicemen

Those who choose to serve their country often do so at a great cost to themselves. Marriage always takes a great deal of time and attention, and when one or both spouses are also committed to their nation, then a higher military divorce rate might not be a surprise to many. There are likely many California service personnel who have gone through their own relationship battlefield.

Recently, a report indicated that while the divorce rate for servicemen had remained fairly stable for most branches of the service, the rate for women was nearly double that figure. Overall, the divorce numbers for men was approximately 2.6 percent. However, women service personnel experienced a rate of an estimated 6.6 percent for 2016. The overall figure fluctuated only slightly from 3 percent to 3.1 percent. The military purportedly prefers to track these figures separately for the sexes because there is such a marked difference.

Of the four main branches, the Marines is the only branch that saw a slight rise in both rates. The military expressed some concern over what could be causing more strain on the marriages among Marines, though it also stated that there are many support programs in place for those who are struggling with issues in their marriage or family life. Those women who are classified as enlisted rather than officers saw the highest rates of divorce for all branches.

Military spokespersons stressed the importance of strong relationships in order to have an effective armed forces. However, in many respects, the pressures of deployments and time away from home and a spouse may eventually take a toll, and one will find that a marriage dissolution is the best solution for an unstable relationship. California service personnel who find that their marriage has become irretrievably broken do have access to professionals who are experienced with the laws and provisions that are a part of the process of obtaining a military divorce.

Source:, "Female troop divorce up slightly, male rate largely unchanged", Amy Bushatz, April 28, 2017

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