Friday, July 01, 2005

Divorce rate in the army rising

Here's a story no one in the MSM has grabbed yet: the divorce rate in Army is skyrocketing:
Between 2001 and 2004, divorces among active-duty Army officers and enlisted personnel nearly doubled, from 5,658 to 10,477, even though total troop strength remained stable. In 2002, the divorce rate among married officers was 1.9 percent — 1,060 divorces out of 54,542 marriages; by 2004, the rate had tripled to 6 percent, with 3,325 divorces out of 55,550 marriages.
These sad statistics are a direct result of the overstretching of our army.

These statistics highlight the central fallacy of the whole "increase the troop level" argument: namely, that our troops are already stretching to the breaking point. The "increase the troops" meme is the right-wing equivalent of the left-wing fallacy that the solution in Iraq is just to "invite in the Allies" or "invite in the U.N."

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