While the military marriage rates appear higher and the divorce rates appear lower than the civilian divorce rate, within the military there is significant discrepancy in the prevalence of marriages and divorces amongst gender and ran...
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Karney and Crown (2007) suggested that as marriage has been incentivized through the many benefits the military offers the quality of marriages may have declined. They believe that the increased stress of military lifestyle from occupational demands such as deployments and job stress are unrelated to the high levels of divorce and that because marriage is incentivized there is less consideration put into finding a more compatible partner and that is what makes the marriages at risk. Incentives include increased pay for married members in the form of additional housing allowance, cost of living allowances and family separation pay if the member is deployed; all benefits not available to those who are unmarried. Young service members may move off base out of the dormitories if they marry further incentivizing marriage. Frequent
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