Aside from the battles women in the military face in wars, there is one other difficult battle they need to confront — failed marriages.
Marriages of women in the military are found to be more than twice as likely to end in divorce as those of the men in service, and even up to three times as likely for enlisted women. Also, women in the military get divorced at higher rates compared to women outside military service. This seems not to apply to men in military, as they face divorce at lower rates compared to civilian men.
According to Pentagon statistics, 7.8 percent of women in the military got a divorce last year, compared with 3 percent of military men. The marriages of nearly 9 percent of enlisted female service members ended, compared with just a bit over 3 percent of male members.
Genevieve Chase, a staff sergeant in the Army Reserves and founder of American Women Veterans, hears complaints from female service members on how their civilian husbands fail to understand their chosen career and its demands.