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Female troops get divorced more often

The divorce rate for all troops is about 3.1%. However, researchers note that looking at this number alone is rather deceptive. The truth is that men and women in the armed forces face very, very different odds of divorce, to the point that most people look at them separately.

For example, one study claimed that 6.6% of female military members split up in 2016. For male soldiers, the rate was just 2.6%.

They also said that the divorce rate tends to move around a lot more for women. It will decline at times and then jump back up again. For men, the rate tends to hold a relatively stable value with little movement at all.

When asked about it, officials did point out that joining the military is a sacrifice. They said that this is just one of the ways that people give up a "normal life" to serve their country. They may have always dreamed of having a happy marriage for decades, but it's clear that picking a life in the armed forces makes that impossible for a lot of them.

In particular, the Marine Corps saw very high divorce rates. Officials speculated that those in the Marines are facing some type of negative pressure that other troops are not. This is especially true for female members of the Marines.

If you're in the military, you need to understand these risks. Will your chosen career push you toward a divorce? Will you face greater divorce odds than civilians? What types of pressures may you encounter? Be sure you know your rights when you do split up.

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