Just like Michael Pollan’s rules for omnivore eating are so simple (Eat food. Mostly plants.), my rules of how to have a lasting military marriage are just as straightforward.
Consider me ready to roll for our 25th wedding anniversary this June.
So it is not surprising that young age at first marriage has been found to predict a higher rate of divorce in the military population too, especially among young enlisted.
Considering how many stressors a young military marriage must face, that fact alone ought to be enough to convince us that everybody in the military ought to be single until, say, age 25. Which should make the entire active-duty population sit up and howl. In the all-volunteer force, early marriage is so common that it is the norm. In the civilian population, 74 percent of all women have been married by age 30. But my real thinking is that my line of work I hear from plenty of long-married military couples who married before age 25, but I rarely hear of a teen marriage that worked out for the best. It ain’t no sin to be young and hopeful when you get married.
One of the greatest predictors of life satisfaction is a deep relationship with one other person. There are significant social supports for marriage as well as financial benefits that come with marriage. It is fairly common among young military couples that they think they will not deploy very much or very often.
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (also known as 8 Simple Rules for the third and final season) is an American sitcom, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal.
It debuted on ABC on September 17, 2002, and concluded on April 15, 2005.