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Why do military members get married so young?

As the general public is waiting longer to get married than ever before, people in the military continue to get married at a relatively young age. An interesting article in Kentucky New Era examines why.

For one thing, the military is made up of young adults. The Department of Defense Demographics report shows that nearly 43 percent of members on active duty are 25 or younger. An additional 23 percent are ages 26 to 30.

Obviously, this means that most married military members are going to be on the young side. And members do tend to be married: 56.1 percent of all active duty service members are married. In the Army, the rate is nearly 60 percent.

Why is the marriage rate so high among young soldiers? One military therapist believes that members, facing possible death in combat, tend to feel the need to start a family to love and remember them. A woman who married her soldier husband when she was 23 and he was 21 agrees that the attachment marriage provides is uniquely important for those who put their lives on the line.

Marrying young can be risky. Many young adults do not really know what they want out of marriage yet. And being a military spouse means having to compete with the commitment their husband or wife made to their mission. One man in the Army complained that he does not get enough time with his family.

Inevitably, these challenges will lead to divorce in many cases. For military couples, divorce can be quite different that for civilians, which is why it is important to hire a divorce attorney experienced in these matters.

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