What is the divorce rate for military marriages

Summary

Almost half of all NCOs and around three quarters of the officers in the Bundeswehr are married. If you add the number of those who live in a stable partnership, it becomes clear how many soldiers are faced with the need to reconcile service requirements with the interests and needs of their partners. Well over half of all military marriages / partnership relationships are supplemented by children, which add dynamism to the relationship between family and work of the father and, more recently, increasingly also of the mother (cf. Meyer 1989). The question of the compatibility between the working conditions of the soldier and his family has recently attracted increasing scientific and administrative attention (cf. Wehrbeauftragter 2004: 17ff). If one understands this as a reflection of worsening problem situations, then this indicates considerable potential for friction. Soldier families are first and foremost families like others. In the following, the connection between work and family will therefore be outlined in general, before the special framework conditions of the soldier's profession are discussed, which constitute a special situation for a soldier's family. This is followed by a description of the problem areas of soldiers' families before finally asking about the possibilities and limits of problem-solving strategies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1. University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich