They met at A-School. Their passion quickly grew from innocent attraction to what they thought was love. They married, and a year later they had a child. Now, less than three years after their wedding day, they are getting a divorce. It happens all too frequently in the armed services. And to a certain extent, military leaders unintentionally have created the problem.
For most of American history, the military was comprised primarily of single men. In 1973, with the introduction of the all-volunteer force, the complexion of the services began to change. Larger numbers of women began to enlist. Family incentives were offered to encourage personnel to make the military a career, and many young people chose to stay, marry, and aim for 20 years of service with associated retirement benefits. This marital trend has continued, and the military today is an institution primarily of married personnel.