In Clarksville, Tennessee, there are many marriages that include someone in the military. In some of those couples, both the bride and groom may be active military members. This can be a strenuous lifestyle, but it can also be rewarding if the couple can make it work.
But the fact of the matter remains, not all marriages succeed. And with such a stressful career, it may not come as a surprise to know that military divorces do happen. According to some, nearly 50 percent of all marriages in America end in divorce. This rate may be seen similarly in studies of military marriages.
Interestingly, some pressures to get married exist in the military that do not exist in civilian life. When both individuals in the relationship are stationed at the same location, the relationship may seem simple, but a permanent change of station order can alter that quickly. In order to ensure their ability to see each other again, a couple may decide to get married.
Some suggest that this impending pressure can cloud the judgment of a couple, getting both to jump into a marriage that they would not have consented to if they were not in the military. Even with the marriage, the couple could still be separated for a considerable length of time due to deployments.
These separation periods can be tough for spouses, especially for those who do not trust one another and cannot communicate.
One couple was married for 17 years before both joined the military. They suggest that before a "mil-to-mil" marriage occurs, the couple should consider the benefits and disadvantages. Faithfulness and honesty are both crucial to the marriage if neither wants it to end in divorce. Lucky for this couple, the trust had already been established before joining the military.
Source: DVIDS, "Before taking the plunge-What you need to know about mil-to-mil marriage," Susan Davis, Feb. 24, 2012