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Military couples more likely to divorce, study says

The Department of Defense says couples married before 9/11 are at greater risk of splitting up.

By Kristin Wong Sep 11, 2013 5:55PM

Daniel Bendjy/Getty ImagesA disheartening study sponsored by the Department of Defense has found a link between divorce and military marriages. According to the study, when one or both military spouses are deployed overseas for a year, their risk of divorce increases by 28 percent.

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Interestingly, the above statistic was only found for couples who married before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; the same was not found for couples who marred after Sept. 11. The Department of Defense commissioned the study of nearly 500,000 soldiers over a period of nine years.

It also found that location of deployment was significant. Divorce risk was higher when a spouse was deployed to a hostile area, rather than a non-hostile one.

If there’s a silver lining to this study, it’s that the risk of divorce was lower among military families with children. Read more about the report here.

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Photo: Daniel Bendjy/Getty Images

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Sep 18, 2013 6:04AM
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marriage is so over rated' if it doesn't work out...just get over it and move on. Spouses are a dime-a-dozen'
Sep 18, 2013 3:58AM
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And they probably spent millions on this study when any of us who were active duty for any amount of time could have told them the same freaking thing.
Sep 18, 2013 3:41AM
Sep 18, 2013 2:50AM
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While sad, I don't find this surprising.  Some people can't take being alone, and some people can't stand the constant worry of losing family.  
Sep 17, 2013 10:02PM
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Its funny how you say that because a majority of divorces come from the wife because after they marry he has to leave and she cant take it, well in the first place if you marry someone in the military your odds are he or she will be leaving for some type of deployment if its not a few weeks or months then maybe longer, I am married to a retired 30 yr active duty military man and I knew when I dated him then married him that there would be times when he has to leave and he did leave alot during our marriage but not once did I think of not being unfaithful or divorce because I knew he was in the military and I can say some woman can handle the part where they have to leave and I dealt with it and I been married to him past 26 yrs and still growing strong, lets face it some woman like the idea of marrying a military person but if you do that you better be ready when they have to leave, dont complain about it after he or she is gone.. I did it for many yrs and I didnt complain about it.. FACE IT DEAL WITH IT OR DONT MARRY A MILITARY PERSONAL..
Sep 17, 2013 8:17PM
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Gosh who knew.

 

Same report also claims deployment increase chance of Death.

 

This is news or just idiotic chatter to hide real news?

Sep 17, 2013 8:17PM
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You needed a friggin' study for that?  How much did that cost?  have you guys figured out that water is wet and the sky is blue or do you need a study on those?
Sep 17, 2013 8:05PM
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We needed a government study to know this?  What a waste of money.
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