Military Divorce Rate Steady Overall But Military Women’s Divorce Rate High and Rising

According to the Pentagon, only 3.3% of military couples divorce. The military attribute this to large amounts of support that the military provides to military couples.

Some find the numbers surprising considering the currently prolonged, stressful separations during deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Others find the numbers misleading in that they fail to reflect the number of couples who hit the skids in the military but who don’t actually divorce until after discharge.

Others challenge the numbers because the army does not actually follow the same couples over time, but counts how many military couples are married each year.

And, of course, the military doesn’t count unhappy couples.

Going against the tide of this report, military women are now divorcing at a much higher, and rising, rate of about 8%, compared to 2.6% for military men.

Read more in this Forbes article: Military Divorce Rate Holding Steady.