Many spouses meet each other and fall in love while working together, and people in the military are no exception. Many troops meet and form relationships with each other when they are enlisted. Military marriages can thrive because both spouses understand the pressure and demands of being enlisted. These same pressures and demands can also cause trouble and even divorce in the marriage.

A number of reasons exist for why military marriages may be more susceptible to divorce. According to, more than 20,000 military couples divorce in a given year. Consider the following three reasons that are common contributing factors when military spouses decide to divorce.

Cheating and infidelity

Cheating and infidelity are common causes of divorce in any marriage, including military couples. Military couples may face even greater temptation, though, when one spouse is deployed and the other is left at home. It is not uncommon for such scenarios to lead to cheating, or at least emotional infidelity, and the results are often disastrous. This is a common reason for divorce.

Stress of long distance

Even if separation does not lead to cheating, the separation in and of itself can put a strain on a marriage that eventually leads to divorce. Many military marriages are long-distance as enlistees are subject to transfer anywhere, and it is not always guaranteed that married couples will be transferred anywhere. The stress of maintaining a marriage over a great distance can be too much for some couples.

Pressure of position

Yet another reason why many military couples divorce is the sheer pressure of their positions. Being in the military demands a high level of commitment, and juggling the responsibilities of marriage with the pressure of your position can be too much stress to handle. This is true of enlistees at any level, but it can be especially true for troops in higher-ranking positions with more responsibilities.