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Study Finds Female GIs Have a Higher Rate of Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on March 30, 2011

MSNBC recently reported on a study which found that the marriages of military women are twice as likely to end in divorce as compared to the marriages of men in the military, and up to three times as likely for enlisted women versus commissioned officers. The percentage of women in the military who get divorced has been consistently high for close to a decade.

Approximately 220,000 women have served in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, in roles that range from police officers to helicopter pilots. According to Pentagon data, about 7.8 percent of military women obtained a divorce, in comparison to just 3 percent of men in the military in 2010. Close to 9 percent of women who were part of the military’s enlisted corps divorced that year as well, compared to a little over 3 percent of the men.

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