Divorce rate more than twice as high for women in the military

ShadesThe divorce rate for women serving in the US military is more than twice as high as their male colleagues, new figures reveal.

The 2013 divorce rate of 7.2 per cent represents a drop of 0.7 per cent since the previous year, and 0.8 per cent since the year before that, Pentagon statistics show. The 2011 figure of 8 per cent was a record high.

However, the rate of divorce amongst men on active service has remained steady at 2.9 per cent for several years.

Researcher Benjamin Karney said falling rates of deployment for active service might have contributed to the figures:

“Past research has shown that the marriages of female service members are at a higher risk for divorce as a result of deployment than those of males. A steady reduction in deployments could translate in a steady decline of the female service member divorce rate.”

David Segal, a director of the Center for Research on Military Organization at the University of Maryland believes differing social  expectations of men and women also play a role.

He told the newspaper USA Today:

“The military increasingly treats women the same as it treats men in terms of their work expectations, however, society still expects them to fulfill their family roles. And that’s not equally balanced between men and women.”

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Marilyn Stowe

The senior partner at Stowe Family Law, Marilyn Stowe is one of Britain’s best known divorce lawyers with clients throughout the country, in Europe, the Far East and the USA.

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2 comments

Luke - December 21, 2013 at 4:53pm

” A steady reduction in deployments could translate in a steady decline of the female service member divorce rate.”
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I suspect that is true – but it would be true of all soldiers – if you are going to apply for the job then you have to do it, to give one gender preference on limited deployments would not be reasonable.

JamesB - December 23, 2013 at 5:56pm

I prefer women in nurses uniforms to soldier’s uniforms.

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