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Family programs and money could prevent military divorce in Texas

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In El Paso, service members and their spouses are well aware of the extra care a marriage may need to avoid the possibility of military divorce. Military personnel can expect long work hours and the possibility of a short-notice deployment, so people in the service may experience marriage strain through no fault of their own. However, military members also tend to hold established institutions in higher regard than the general populace, and that goes for marriage, too.

While divorce is sometimes the best option for service members, the military divorce rate continues to remain lower than that of the civilian sector. That fact has prompted a study into the reasons why military marriages appear to be more resilient.

In addition to service members' general attitude towards the sanctity of marriage, some people believe that the extra benefits that members receive may have something to do with the lower rate of divorce. Competitive wartime pay, allowances for married service members and helpful family support programs could be factors in a strong marriage.

However, even with all of this, a startling statistic presents itself and calls all the other factors into question. Female military personnel suffer an extremely high divorce rate -- two times the rate for military men and much higher than the rate for female civilians who share a similar age and educational background.

The overall data is generally positive, though, and points to the idea that simple security could be the major factor in keeping these couples together and preventing a military divorce.

Source: The News Tribune, "Military marriages show surprising resilience through deployments," Karen Peterson, April 14, 2012

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