Posted on Jun 7, 2016
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I know it's tough being married and in the military, I ask this because I hear about it happening with couples separated for long time periods, financial situations, not enough benefits and insurance to support a large family, can't find a job, etc.
Civilians have a high divorce rate also, but I'm wondering if, by percentage rates, is the percentage more or less than civilians? Just curious.
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SSG Carlos Madden
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This is the best thing I could find.

"The divorce rate among both officers and enlisted troops was an even 3 percent in 2015... The civilian divorce rate stands at about 3.2 percent as of 2014, according to the most recent data. Military and civilian divorce rates cannot be accurately compared because of differences in tracking methodology."

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/04/22/military-divorce-rate-continues-slow-but-steady-decline.html
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SGT Infantryman (Airborne)
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Thanks SSG Carlos Madden. That's great info.
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SSG Carlos Madden
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However I just found a number from Military OneSource that says it was 4.1%. It doesn't sound like there is consistency in the methodologies.
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PO3 Sherry Thornburg
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Can't say about the present, but when I was in (80s) the Navy lead divorce rates in the services and at one time it hit 70%. During training, they said the chances of you retiring with the same spouse you joined with was very low. New family service programs, ombudsmen and other things have helped. The services no-tolerance policy toward domestic abuse also helped as such families were mandated counselling. I saw it in action at GTMO and it did a world of good for that young couple.
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Thank you PO3 Sherry Thornburg, for sharing this. Any idea what % rate is today?
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PO3 Sherry Thornburg
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Apparently, divorce rates are not comparable between military and civilian poplations due to the way they are recorded. What I recalled to you was just for the Navy and just for married sailors. It wasn't taking in the whole Naval population. I did a quick google and found this.
https://www.oceansidedivorcelawfirm.com/military-divorce-infographic.html
It doesn't talk about just marriage statistics. So it doesn't really answer the question, but it was the best I could do for now. There was an article that alluded that marriages are stronger since 9/11 within the service due to the wake up factor of what the risks involved are. Those marrying after 9/11 seem to be better prepared or informed of the stresses and issues involved.
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After reading a few posts I have to ask. If a person gets a divorce while in the military and another after service is it the 1 to 1 or 2 to 0?

Really the stresses placed on active duty military families are many and I think those marriages that survive are noteworthy.
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SSgt Ryan Sylvester
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Depends if the second marriage started during service. Treat it like any other service-connected disability.
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