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Female active duty enlisted in Army have a divorce rate of 8%. That can’t be good.

The divorce rate for enlisted females in the regular Army in fy2015 was eight percent, according to the July issue of ARMY magazine.

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The divorce rate for enlisted females in the regular Army in fy2015 was eight percent, according to the July issue of ARMY magazine. This is probably because a lot of them are in their early 20s. But this sort of emotional turbulence can only add to the difficulties of command. (I searched but I couldn’t find the divorce rate in 2015 for civilian American women in their 20s.)

It seems to me that the Army, and Congress, should consider finding ways to discourage marriage until about the age of 26? Perhaps fewer incentives for married housing early in one’s career?

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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