Military work takes a toll on marriages no matter how strong they are. Military families often operate as single-parent households when one parent is serving the country. The long times away and the changes that can occur in a person upon return can all cause people to drift apart. Military people also have a tough time re-assimilating into civilian life and their roles as parents and spouses after being in combat overseas for a long period of time.
MarketWatch reports that the highest divorce rates were specifically found among first-line military supervisors. The divorce rate for these professionals was 30%. Overall, military positions hold the top 10 positions with the highest divorce rates in any field. They are also among the most likely professionals to get divorced by the time they turn 30. Divorce rates also increased for service members who were deployed away from home.
Mental health was another problem that put a strain on military marriages. MarketWatch estimates that 20% of veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq face problems with depression and PTSD. When people withdraw or turn to substances to medicate these problems, it can worsen the situation.
TODAY shares that some couples are now turning to retreats to rekindle their marriages. The retreats do not only focus on healing marriages but also healing the veterans themselves. It provides a safe outlet to reconnect with themselves, separate from the anger and other negative feelings that war and post-war life evoked.
It is not clear how effective these retreats will be in the long-run on a more general scale. Still, anecdotal evidence points to their continued success at reuniting families and rehabilitating veterans.