Military marriages face a lot of challenges due to the nature of work the military personnel are involved. It is, therefore, difficult for a couple to have enough time to spend together in building up their families or marriages.
The nature of activities that the military personnel engages in like war activities are associated with a lot of depression and traumatic stress. This stress that results from the war makes the military personnel difficult to handle their marriages and families. The stress may lead to domestic violence between the couples. The domestic violence from the traumatic stress may consequently lead to the divorce and breakup of the marriage concerned. The marriage is likely to break leading to cases of poor parental care on the children. These cases of violence are associated with injury, in the family or leading to death. The high levels of traumatic stress may also lead to cases of suicide among the military personnel. This will, in turn, to a heavy burden on the family.
The aspects of deployment of military personnel are also responsible for break up or divorce in marriages. When a soldier is deployed, the other partner is left alone. This leads to loss of attachment between the couples (Karney 16). This loss of attachment leads to high levels of loneliness and boredom of the partner left alone. If the deployment takes a long duration of time, the marriage may breakup because the other partner may decide to engage in another relationship for the sake of their personal emotional attachment. This is, therefore, responsible for failure of many marriages between the military personnel.
The death of the military personnel during the deployment activities leaves the other partner alone. This has negative effects on the family because the single parent faces a lot of difficulties in raising the children alone. This condition also causes a lot of trauma and tension in the family. The insufficient parental care on children may lead to future problems relating to contact. The children may also fail to complete their education due to depression and difficulties in the management of the family.
The health impact on the military personnel also has an effect on their marriage. The health or mental problems will make it difficult for the military personnel to concentrate on family activities (Robin 22). This may, therefore, lead to the poor management and failure of the marriage due to lack of proper attention from both partners.
The military personnel at times engages in very risky activities like sexual assaults and cases of rape during the war. The military personnel may, therefore, contract dangerous diseases like HIV/AIDS that are later transferred to their spouses. This condition is risky since it may lead to dangerous health effects or even death of the partners in marriage. This has a very huge impact on the lives of the couple.
In conclusion, the causes and effects of military on marriages are well elaborated by the cases of deployment. Deployment has potential effects on how the military personnel negatively influence their marriages. The absence of the military personnel for long duration of time may result in the breakup or divorce due to loss of attachment between the partners. The aspects relating to traumatic stress and tension also plays an important role in elaborating the impact of military on marriage. The military risks also has a great impact on the marriages.
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Karney, Benjamin R, and John S. Crown. Families Under Stress: An Assessment of Data, Theory, and Research on Marriage and Divorce in the Military. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corp, 2007. Print.
Montvilo, Robin K. Addictions and Substance Abuse. Ipswich, Mass: Salem Press, 2013. Print.