There are differing factors that play into the success or failure of a military marriage. Department of Defense officials announced a huge jump in the divorce rates, saying that cases doubled from 5,658 to 10,477 between 2001 and 2004 among Active Duty Officers and Enlisted personnel (2010). In the past year there have been over 13,000 divorces in the military. This makes the military divorce rate four times that of the national average, yet it is still being overlooked by American society and is being ignored by the military itself.
There are several million-service members of the military today:.
50% Under the age of 25.
10% Dual Military (both spouses are in the military).
70% With one or more children.
The divorce rate among active duty Army has increased from 3.3 percent in 2007 to 3.5 percent in 2008.Among the Marines the divorce rate increased from 3.3 percent in 2007 to 3.7 percent in 2008. While the Air Force divorce rate has stayed at 3.5 percent, and the Navy has decreased from 3.2 percent to 3 percent (Military Divorce Rates on the Rise, 2009). There has, however, been a lot of controversy surrounding this topic. Many family support groups for veterans question the figures, stating that the military might be under estimating the problem (Military Divorce Rates on the Rise). The military only counts divorces during active service. While the majority of military divorces happen after a service member has been inactive or retired.
High divorce rates in the military are due to the fact that military families are put under much more strain than the average family. Take for example, for the average family, some issues that may be present within might include, financial stress, work related issues, diverging goals, disagreements, affairs, and growing apart. Now, consider the military family: there are all the strains listed above, in addition to the issues that are related to the military.