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Divorce rates for military couples show a higher risk of breakups

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2021 | Firm News

Married couples with at least one spouse working in the military have a higher chance of divorcing than civilian couples. As reported by, research conducted by career website Zippia revealed a 30% divorce rate for enlisted first-line military supervisors. The research rated the position as the one with the greatest majority of divorces out of the 21 occupations studied.

The reasons for marital breakups involving spouses who lead and manage active troops could include lengthy deployments and job pressure. Supervisors with combat experience may face a higher risk of divorce than others.

Age, rank and length-of-service may affect military divorce rates

Troops enlisted in air weapons and tactical operations may have higher divorce rates than other military positions in the under-30 age group. The research also showed that about 15% of troops without rank went through a divorce.

Certain factors could contribute to relationship issues in military marriages. Breakup causes may include relocating and difficulty readjusting to civilian life. Career military personnel appear to have a greater chance of staying in long-term marriages than those who enlisted for a short time.

Female military members face a higher rate of divorce

As noted by, female enlisted troops and officers experience more divorces than male service members. Based on data compiled for 2019, female enlisted members and officers divorced nearly three times more than male soldiers. The divorce rate for female troops in 2019 reached 7% while male service members divorced at only 2.5%.

Overall, military personnel maintained a steady percentage of divorces between 2014 and 2019. The divorce rate during these years remained relatively stable at 3% to 3.1% for each year studied.

Military couples residing in Illinois generally divide their marital property equally in half. The shared marital property may also include military benefits.