Overall, divorce rates in the military tend not to change a lot from year to year, at least in recent studies. For instance, from 2014 to 2017, researchers found that they were right around 3 percent, sometimes just a touch higher.
However, the divorce rate is not always the same for male and female members of the armed services. Typically, the rate for female troops tends to be considerably higher than it is for male troops.
For instance, the rate for female troops in the Army was 275 percent higher than the divorce rate for male troops in the Army. That's just one example. Female services members in the Navy and Air Force can also expect to have higher divorce rates.
The study also exposed the fact that fewer services members are getting married in the first place. More of them, even those in committed relationships, are simply putting it off. They're staying single, from a legal perspective.
While it is easy to assume that they are doing this because military members are somehow averse to marriage, it does not appear that is the case. After all, the marriage rates have fallen in society as a whole. People wait longer now than they did in previous generations.
The changes in the military are similar enough that they just reflect these changing values overall. In fact, since many people join the military while they're young, they may just get married after they get out.
A military divorce can get complicated. Regardless of your gender or the branch in which you serve, you need to make sure you know exactly what steps to take.