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Military Divorce Rates

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Updated December 15, 2008

The military divorce rate continues to climb slightly over previous years, according to Department of Defense statistics. The overall divorce rate for military personnel during fiscal year 2008 was 3.4 percent, compared to 3.3 percent in 2007 and 2006.

Among the DOD services for FY 2008:

  • Army. Enlisted divorce rate was 3.9 percent. Officer divorce rate was 2.3 percent. Overall divorce rate was 3.5 percent.
  • Air Force. Enlisted divorce rate was 4.1 percent. Officer divorce rate was 1.6 percent. Overall divorce rate was 3.5 percent.
  • Navy. Enlisted divorce rate was 3 percent. Officer divorce rate was 1.5 percent. Overall divorce rate was 3 percent.
  • Marine Corps. Enlisted divorce rate was 4.1 percent. Officer divorce rate was 1.6 percent. Overall divorce rate was 3.5 percent.

The general population divorce rate in the United States, for the 12 months preceeding Feb 2008 was 3.6 percent, according to the most recent National Vital Statistics Report, prepared by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Historically, female service members get divorced at a rate of more than double of military men:

Military Divorce Rate by Gender

Service 2006 Male Divorce Rate 2006 Female Divorce Rate
Army 2,5% 7.9%
Air Force 2.6% 6.2%
Navy 2.9% 6.9%
Marine Corps 2.9% 7.1%
Service 2007 Male Divorce Rate 2007 Female Divorce Rate
Army 2.6% 8.1%
Air Force 2.9% 6.5%
Navy 2.8% 6.5%
Marine Corps 3.0% 8.1%
Service 2008 Male Divorce Rate 2008 Female Divorce Rate
Army 3.0% 8.5%
Air Force 2.9% 6.5%
Navy 2.5% 6.3%
Marine Corps 3.2% 9.1%

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