Monday, October 03, 2005

Deployment and Relationships

Buck Sargent has a little bit of free advice to those of you who may be or will be deployed on how to maintain and/or strengthen your marriage/relationship.
The Army’s divorce rate has soared in the past three years, as longer and more frequent combat deployments have placed additional strain on those “married to the military.”

Since the martial response to 9/11, the marital attrition among active duty Army personnel has nearly doubled, even as total troop strength remained stable -- and at a time when the overall U.S. divorce rate is steadily drifting downward. Tellingly, survey responses indicate that the top fear of deployed soldiers and their family members is a loss of a significant relationship -- surpassing even death or major injury.

AMERICAN CITIZEN SOLDIER-Zen and the Art of Marital Maintenance

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