The divorce rate among soldiers increased in 2007 as military marriages suffered continuing stress from America's two wars. An estimated 10,200 failed marriages in the active duty Army and 3077 among Marines were recorded in the budget year that ended September 30. That is a divorce rate of 3.5 per cent among more than 287,000 married troops in the Army, up from 3.3 per cent in the previous financial 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.
The spouses left behind also find it difficult to be separated from the military member while he or she is deployed and seek comfort; emotionally, intimately, and physically.