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Texas military divorce: Increase in rate for female troops

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Pentagon maintains data in its personnel system that reflects the number of troops that were married in Texas and elsewhere around the country at the beginning of the fiscal year and those who ended a marriage during the year. The Defense Manpower Data Center uses these numbers to calculate a military divorce rate. The overall rate for 2016 was 3.1 percent, reflecting a slight change from the 3 percent rate in 2015. This statistic is analyzed further by separating the divorce rate data for male and female troops.

According to data researchers, the rate for male troops has been relatively unchanged. In fact, the rate has not changed significantly from the 2.6 percent rate in 2013. However, the rate among female troops increased from 6.2 percent in 2015 to 6.6 percent in 2016. Female enlisted troops saw the highest numbers with an 8 percent divorce rate, compared to only 2.8 percent of their male counterparts.

The Marine Corps was the only service to see the divorce rate increase for both men and women. Every category for the Marines saw an increase. Researchers want to determine if something specific is affecting marriages within the Marine Corps.

While any marriage experiences stress through the years, a military family may go through extremes regularly. Life events such as promotions, deployments can put untold pressure on a relationship. Should a service member need guidance with a Texas military divorce, it would be helpful to contact a knowledgeable family law attorney for advice. An experienced lawyer familiar with the military can be a valuable resource when a service member is beginning to go through a divorce.

Source: military.com, "Female Troop Divorce Up Slightly, Male Rate Largely Unchanged", Amy Bushatz, April 28, 2017

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