As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the rate of U.S. military divorces in the US dipped by 3.5% in 2012.
The statistics, which were compiled by the Pentagon and published on Military.com, also note that U.S. military divorces decreased 3.7% in 2011.
Commenting on why the overall divorce rate may be dipping, RAND Corp. researcher Benjamin Karney suggested that it could be the result of more service personnel coming home, or due to the generally improving economic climate.
“The divorce rates are perhaps trickling down because the pace of deployment is getting slower,” noted Karney. “Another possibility is that the economy is kind of bouncing back and military families are absolutely affected by the broader national economy, so maybe their lives are gradually getting easier.”
However, despite the fact that military divorces have declined in every service and across all ranks, it remains a key issue; particularly among Marines and enlisted female soldiers, who experience the highest rates of divorce (9.4% and 9.3%, respectively).