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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Male Military Spouses Face Extra Burden

  • August 3, 2011
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Just 5 percent of active duty service members’ civilian spouses are male, a statistic which helps explain why male spouses find it so difficult to fit into support networks for military spouses.

Clearly, male spouses face added challenges, Scott Stanley, a University of Denver research professor, told American Forces Press Service. While there are a variety of support programs available to military families, most are focused on helping the wives of service members.

One overriding concern is that people don’t understand the male role when he is not the one serving in the military, Scott said. Another sign of the problem is data showing that civilian men married to a service member are twice as likely to divorce as military couples with the gender switched.

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