It's safe to say that joining the military probably means you have a fairly high-stress job. Obviously, some positions carry more stress than others; someone who sees active combat, for instance, may feel more stress than someone who does not. But, on the whole, everyone who joins the military sees a bit more stress than people who work in other professions.
Some of the most high-stress jobs include:
- Police officers
- Military service members
- Pilots, including fighter pilots
- Senior corporate executives
- Event coordinators
- Newspaper reporters
- Public relations executives
- Taxi drivers
While any of these jobs can bring stress, it is safe to say that jobs where your very life may be on the line simply carry more stress than others.
What does this mean for your life? While you may feel like you can handle the stress on your own, or that it is worth it in order for you to serve your country, it can still take a toll on your marriage. High-stress professions like those listed above have been linked to higher divorce rates. It's hard for your spouse to live every day knowing that you could lose your life. It's also hard for the marriage to stay strong when you have to work long hours or even go on deployments that separate you from your family for weeks or months at a time.
If your career does play a role in your divorce, and if you're in the military, it's important to understand why your job makes this divorce unique and what legal rights you have.