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Air Force Gets Married, Stays Married

Fascinating news today from the Air Force Times. While 10.5% of the adult civilian population is divorced, only 4.4% of Air Force officers and 7.3% of enlisted airmen are.

Think it's because they don't bother to marry, given all that times away from home? That's not it, according to author Erik Holmes. Airmen are more likely to be married, especially officers. 70.9% of Air Force officers are married, compared to just 50.5% of the general population. And deployments don't appear to affect the likelihood of marrying or divorcing.

Why not? There are plenty of anecdotes about the difficulties of keeping a marriage together through a deployment, but the Air Force also provides marriage education, on-base and off-base marriage counseling, as well as marriage retreats for airmen and their mates. Couples who navigate a tough patch together create stronger bonds for whatever else comes their way.

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