Sometimes, trends will arise in divorce rates among individuals in certain professions. This post, we will be looking at some statistics that have been reported regarding divorce rates for members of the U.S. military.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, from 2001 to 2009, the divorce rate for members of the military rose from 2.6 percent to 3.6 percent. What caused this trend of increasing divorce rates over this period? Perhaps the things that can go along with overseas active duty and the return from such duty put additional stresses on the marriages of members of the military.
It appears that this trend of increasing divorce rates for members of the military may have now stopped. According to an article on CBS 42 Birmingham's website, the divorce rate for members of the military held steady in 2010. What has caused the military member divorce rate to plateau? One potential cause is the fact that the military reportedly has recently been more active in taking steps to try to address the soldier divorce rate.
Based on the information mentioned above, it appears that the country has seen a couple of different trends in divorce rates for members of the military in the last 10 years. It will be interesting to see what will happen with the military member divorce rate in the next few years. It will also be interesting to see if any studies will be conducted in the future looking more closely at what specifically caused the trends mentioned above.
Source: CBS 42 Birmingham, "Military divorce rates no longer on the rise," Stephanie Salvatore, 12 Jul 2011