Because of the strain that military families face, the Pentagon just released increased statistics of divorces in the armed forces. There were approximately 3.6 percent in 2009 instead of 3.4 percent the year before. While divorces are growing, it wasn’t a huge jump.
It?s regrettable but simple to recognize why many armed services couples turn to divorce. Especially with the war, many members of the armed forces have been deployed multiple times. The stress and time away from one’s spouse can twist everyday problems into main things in divorce.
Another problem many couples confront is that after being in the war many spouses have changed and the couple can?t get past the differences. After war, many military personnel are hurt physically, mentally or both.
In order to battle the rise in divorces the military has implemented programs to try and help couples resolve their troubles. The military said rises in divorce were low because the programs helped servicemen and their spouses settle problems and build up their bond.
In 2001 only about 2.6 percent filed for divorce but now it’s 3.6 percent which shows the toll that the war’s taken on military families. When couples are separated it?s easy for the problems to get larger and the drift to widen.
Both in the past and present divorces have been much higher for female soldiers over their male counterparts. In 2009, 7.7 percent of servicewomen went through a divorce compared to 3 percent of men. There are smaller amounts of women in the military and some of their husbands are not prepared for military life.
But as with every marriage there are “controllable and uncontrollable factors…but when you interject war, preparing for war, being at war, coming home and having to think about going back to war again…it has a tremendous impact on the family unit” remarked Joe Davis spokesperson for Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Critics say the divorce rate is much higher than the Pentagon reported. One member of the service recounted that every time they were deployed a new batch of divorces would occur. Many think that the numbers are actually closer to double digits.
What could explain the difference in numbers is the fact that the data doesn’t count actual divorces. Instead they take the number of married troops at the start of the year and the number at the end of the year and subtract the difference. But this doesn’t always calculate the same people because of recruits, retirees, and others that quit the forces. Plus the numbers don’t take into account the troubled marriages that are currently together.
Military life can be tremendously hard. Unfortunately the divorce rates are rising because of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars but the military has implemented programs to try and help couples resolve their problems but divorce rates are still growing.
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Diane Johnson earned a bachelor?s degree in Political Science from the University of Utah. She likes to write about the news, politics, college degrees, online classes, and the college experience.