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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Divorce rate increases in Marine Corps, Army

Bush and the Republicans have provided another present to the U.S. armed forces members, higher divorce rates and broken families. Then again, this really isn't so much of a surprise when you realise right-wing values tend to lead to divorce and broken families among the general population.

Divorce rate increases in Marine Corps, Army
Marriages appear to be suffering stress from America's two ongoing wars
WASHINGTON - The divorce rate among soldiers and Marines increased last year as military marriages suffered continuing stress from America's two ongoing wars.

There were an estimated 10,200 failed marriages in the active duty Army and 3,077 among Marines, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press for the budget year ended Sept. 30.

That's a divorce rate of 3.5 percent among more than 287,000 married troops in the Army, up from 3.3 percent in the previous fiscal year, according to Defense Department figures.

"With increasing demands placed on Army families and soldiers — including frequent deployments and relocations — intimate relationships are tested," said Army spokesman Paul Boyce.

Marines will examine numbers
The new data shows 3.7 percent of more than 84,000 married Marines divorced in fiscal year 2008, up from 3.3 percent in 2007. The Marine Corps called the increase statistically small and said officials would need to examine them farther.

"That said, Marine Corps leadership is keenly aware of the burden military families carry in a time of war," said Col. Dave Lapan, a spokesman. "Our leaders, from the commandant on down, are paying serious attention to the strain."

Some veteran and family groups question whether Pentagon figures are too low, saying they do not take into account many who divorce after leaving the service. The groups are unable to offer other estimates.

"Divorce rates are up — no doubt about it — a kind of predictable ripple effect of this pace of operations," Paul Rieckhoff of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America said in a recent interview. "And that's not even taking into account the number of marriages that are strained" but still holding together.

But defense officials say they are holding divorces down below what they might otherwise be with a myriad of efforts in recent years to support couples enduring unprecedented separations and other hardships because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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1 Comments:

  • You're a fucking idiot. Bush and Republicans are the reason marriages fail? No wonder that disaster of a President, Obama, made it to office. Thanks again for that, I'm really enjoying the way he's destroying our country.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:58 PM  

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