Don Moore reports on the blog Divorce360 that women soldiers in the United States military are more than twice as likely to become divorced as their male counterparts, according to figures released by the Department of Defense. And no one is exactly certain why. The military's figure for divorce in the service for women soldiers of 7 percent is almost twice the comparable figure of the female civilian population in the U.S. who get divorced.
Benjamin Moore, lead researcher for the Rand Corporation speculated as to the cause for these high rates of divorce among female service persons:
"One thought is that support services available for military families are geared for supporting civilian wives of male servicemen," he said. "Another possibility is that women who are service members are different than men in the military in important ways. It has been said that the military recruits the most traditional men in our society. But the military recruits the least traditional females in our society. They are not the women who are most invested in the general role assigned to women. A third possibility is that it may be more stressful to be a civilian husband of a military wife than it is to be a civilian wife of a military husband. We don't know the answers. But we recommend there needs to be more research done on women in the military."
For more information about divorce and military families, see Jeanne Hannah's website.