The Effect of Deployment Frequencies of the Military Divorce Rate

Report Number: NPS-HR-11-003

Series: Human Resources

Category: Divorce

Report Series: Sponsored Report

Authors: Stacy J. Arenstein

Title: The Effect of Deployment Frequencies of the Military Divorce Rate

Published: 2011-03-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program


Research Type: Graduate Student

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Keywords: deployments, divorce, Active Duty Military Personnel, Contingency Tracking System (CTS)


The primary goal of this research is to investigate whether the length and frequency of deployments affect the likelihood of divorce. The study uses data from the Contingency Tracking System (CTS) and the Active Duty Military Personnel file. The sample includes all active duty Navy and Marine Corps members from 2000 to 2009. Three models of divorce are estimated, each with a different control for the stress of deployment on the family: length of deployment, number of deployments, and a combination of both. The results suggest that in the general active duty population, the frequency of deployments instead of the length of deployments induces the greatest level of marital conflict.
In addition to investigating the divorce effects for the entire population of Navy and Marine Corps personnel, the study also focuses attention on a selected sample of individuals with complete marital and deployment histories