Female troops divorce at nearly twice the rate of their male comrades, Divorce360 reports, and the military is stumped as to why. Data from 2006 show male soldiers divorce at a rate of 2.7%—lower than the general population's 3.6%—but that leaps to 7% among women. The rate was high even in peacetime and has risen further during the Iraq war.
A researcher said that support services geared largely toward men likely plays a role, as does the possibility that being a military spouse could be more stressful for men, and the nature of the women themselves. "The military recruits the least traditional females in our society," he said. "They are not the women who are most invested in the general role assigned to women."