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Veterans Twice as Likely to Cheat on Their Spouses as Non-Veterans
The Atlantic ^ | Nov. 12, 2012 | Eleanor Barkhorn

Posted on 11/12/2012 8:15:33 PM PST by olcurmudgeon

Men and women who have served in the military have considerably higher rates of marital infidelity and divorce than the population at large, according to a 2011 study.

"Veteran Status, Marital Infidelity, and Divorce," a paper presented at last year's American Sociological Association Meeting, found that:

32 percent of veterans who were ever married reported that they'd had extra-marital sex, compared with 16.8 percent of ever-married non-veterans; 38.5 percent of ever-married veterans had gotten divorced, compared with 28.9 percent of ever-married non-veterans; For both veterans and non-veterans, sexual infidelity is likely to lead to divorce. People who reported that they'd cheated on their spouses were more than 2.3 times more likely to have gotten divorced than those who hadn't been unfaithful.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: military; petraeus; veterans
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1 posted on 11/12/2012 8:15:35 PM PST by olcurmudgeon
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To: olcurmudgeon

Very possible. Is there a point?


2 posted on 11/12/2012 8:20:08 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: olcurmudgeon

Well, maybe it’s because they’re not home as often as other married men and must do what they can to find fulfillment.


3 posted on 11/12/2012 8:21:00 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: olcurmudgeon
In order to make their Man-child look good the media must tear down the most respected institution in this country.

On Veteran's days of all day...F them


4 posted on 11/12/2012 8:21:10 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: GeronL

probably an anti-military rant, I hope not, but . . .


5 posted on 11/12/2012 8:21:31 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: olcurmudgeon
Men and women who have served in the military have considerably higher rates of marital infidelity and divorce than the population at large, according to a 2011 study.

Not surprising as the job requires you to be away from your spouse for months at a time.

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder and it makes another portion of your anatomy very lonely.

6 posted on 11/12/2012 8:22:55 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: txnativegop

eh.

Well the base Commissaries are always sold out of condoms for a reason I guess.


7 posted on 11/12/2012 8:23:54 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: olcurmudgeon
Duh. What happens on tdy, stays on tdy.

Kilroy was here in more ways than others.

8 posted on 11/12/2012 8:26:40 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: olcurmudgeon

The Obama administration is twice as likely to cover up what went on at Benghazi as most people want to believe.

Military members and Veterans are held in the top three of highly regarded professions, while journalists, like this particular creature, are held in the bottom three, along with politicians, like the ones willing to use this stupid Petreaus thing to cover up what far-reaching horrible thing happened in and around Benghazi.

Journalists are five times more likely to ditch Veterans on Veterans Day as their drug addled readers and viewers, who vote and who vote in politicians who ditch the military) will ever believe.

Happy Veterans Day.

Don’t believe one word of what te media says about Vets and the military. not one word, from these ingrates whose freedom of the press they owe to every one of those who serve.


9 posted on 11/12/2012 8:26:43 PM PST by stanne
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To: olcurmudgeon

Geographic bachelors.


10 posted on 11/12/2012 8:27:04 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: olcurmudgeon

Good reason to NOT have women side-by-side with men in the military. No matter who you are, if you are away from home for long periods of time there is the temptation to “love the one you’re with”.


11 posted on 11/12/2012 8:27:27 PM PST by madison10
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To: GeronL
"Well the base Commissaries are always sold out of condoms for a reason I guess."

Probably has a lot to do with 1SG's Friday afternoon safety briefing.

12 posted on 11/12/2012 8:27:36 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: olcurmudgeon
Oh, great. When Clinton lied to a Federal Judge, all of a sudden, lying was GOOD, then oral sex wasnl't sex because Bill Clinton claimed it wasn't so 6th graders were performing oral sex in their classrooms, bathrooms, school buses ......because it was OK, the NY Times said so!

Now, veterans cheat on their spouses, why, because Gen. Petraus did so but resigned

13 posted on 11/12/2012 8:28:14 PM PST by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: txnativegop
probably an anti-military rant, I hope not, but . . .

And if they did some further research they would find that the spouse of the non-military is more likely to cheat with a former military.

14 posted on 11/12/2012 8:29:02 PM PST by oldbrowser (Welcome to U.S.Zimbabwe)
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To: GeronL
Very possible. Is there a point?

To diss vets.

This IS Veteran's Day, can't let that pass without a slap at them.

15 posted on 11/12/2012 8:29:09 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: olcurmudgeon

I’d like to see the statistics for other professions where the spouses are apart for years at a time. I bet the military are more disciplined than any other line of work would be in that circumstance, especially when you take into account the demographics of the military.


16 posted on 11/12/2012 8:29:34 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: olcurmudgeon
Democrats 20 times more likely to cheat at election polls.

Will that be the next journalistic piece from The Atlantic?

17 posted on 11/12/2012 8:29:48 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Theoria
"What happens on tdy, stays on tdy."

A lot of folks refer to a tour in the ROK as a "TDY" assignment: Temporarily Divorced for a Year

18 posted on 11/12/2012 8:30:32 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: olcurmudgeon

No doubt the study consisted of gay men and women. What’s next on the “smear American morals” campaign....


19 posted on 11/12/2012 8:30:32 PM PST by Ms Mable
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To: olcurmudgeon
Oh, dear. The American Sociological Association looks askance on the marital practices of service-members, and it's quoted in The Atlantic, of all places. What a shock.

Those of us who have served know perfectly well the incredible strains duty places on family life. It goes with the territory. There's a reason "Navy Wife" or "Army Brat" have entered the vernacular.

I also note the base data are two decades old. It would be interesting to learn what, if any, recommendations the sociologists have to address the issue or if they even consider it worth addressing. That, alas, appears to be absent from the story. Curious.

20 posted on 11/12/2012 8:30:43 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: GeronL; All

“Is there a point?”

Gee, ya think? On Veterans Day.

Doh!

You guys disappoint. You can’t see this as a continuation of the Press placing Obama on a pedestal?


21 posted on 11/12/2012 8:31:44 PM PST by stanne
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To: darkwing104

Exactly.


22 posted on 11/12/2012 8:32:31 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Smile on Dems: Ignorance is bliss.)
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To: Theoria

I found that a lot of the “TDY widows” at the NCO club were officer’s wives.


23 posted on 11/12/2012 8:32:31 PM PST by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: zerosix

Whew! Logic; critical thinking.

Good to see you again.


24 posted on 11/12/2012 8:33:47 PM PST by stanne
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To: olcurmudgeon

Its Veterans day — a day to honor them, not focus on and highlight the shortcomings that affect all humans, not just military people.


25 posted on 11/12/2012 8:39:08 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Ed Condon

Just jump right in there. Many spend YEARS apart, holding families together, single mothers, participating in community and church activities, in a small town atmosphere, where any indiscretion is widely known, but who wouldn’t cheat becausethey enjoy having character, but endure great suffering.

And This is what you have for them on Veterans Day.

Un believable.

Low.

BTW Petreaus situation stinks. If he was fooling around, everyone around him knew it.


26 posted on 11/12/2012 8:39:30 PM PST by stanne
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To: olcurmudgeon

My dad never cheated. He got married after his tour was done and he finished his commitment to his country. He is still married today and never strayed on mom.


27 posted on 11/12/2012 8:40:24 PM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: olcurmudgeon

Should read:

“Non-veterans twice as dishonest about marital infidelity as veterans”


28 posted on 11/12/2012 8:45:11 PM PST by zipper
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To: olcurmudgeon

More anti-American propaganda from liberals who pretend to love the military but really hate it. These are the same people, or are the indoctrinated children of the same people, who used to call my dad and other Vietnam vets “baby killers”, etc. They don’t fool me for one moment. I despise these people.


29 posted on 11/12/2012 8:45:26 PM PST by 3Fingas
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To: Darren McCarty

Of course he did.

This is a hit piece on Veterans Day.

Every post should be defensive of their reputation and knocking the horrible “journalist” with this National Enquirer level hit piece in this liberal rag.

If you were associated with the military and you still are, you know that you don’t see any truth to this stupid premise.

This is a very low hit piece and it is propaganda, done by peoople trying to, and they will continue, to degrade what is good about this country.

It should not be afforded the dignity it has.


30 posted on 11/12/2012 8:49:23 PM PST by stanne
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To: olcurmudgeon

Could it be that either spouse that is away from their spouse would be more likely to stray? Of course military folks are much more likely to be estranged from their spouse for long periods of time - could that really have an effect?

This is not any kind of accurate poll until it takes into account way too many other folks.

My guess is that Veterans are not more likely to stray if compared to civilians that are away from their spouses for any length of time.

Just another poll trying to tear down both family and military service.


31 posted on 11/12/2012 8:52:28 PM PST by Deagle (quo)
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To: Darren McCarty

You know I meant to say, of course he never cheated.

Additionally, cheating is against the UCMJ, something this writer has no famililarity with, I am certain.

Marital fidelity is well respected within the military.


32 posted on 11/12/2012 8:53:05 PM PST by stanne
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
Not surprising as the job requires you to be away from your spouse for months at a time.

You're either faithful or you're not; no real excuse. I wonder if spouses of military cheat more often.

33 posted on 11/12/2012 9:00:49 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: olcurmudgeon
Just another military hit piece...and based on a quick read, it doesn’t even use the word infidelity correctly.
34 posted on 11/12/2012 9:00:49 PM PST by hecticskeptic
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To: olcurmudgeon
Sociological "research" is so very often political opinion cloaked in vague trappings of science that is fraudulently used as cover.

This gives pseudoscience a bad name.

.

35 posted on 11/12/2012 9:16:09 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: olcurmudgeon

I’ve been under the impression that the divorce rate of the general population approached 50%. You know, “ one in two marriages ends in divorce”, so I don’t believe the initial assumptions of the article.


36 posted on 11/12/2012 9:29:25 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: stanne

Your comments are right...no person is more honorable, true, loyal and will have your back than a US Veteran. Especially a Devil Dog. God Bless them all.


37 posted on 11/12/2012 9:33:04 PM PST by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: olcurmudgeon

Veterans Day smear.


38 posted on 11/12/2012 9:49:44 PM PST by onedoug
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To: olcurmudgeon

Perhaps those who have served are simply more honest with their responses to such a survey.


39 posted on 11/12/2012 9:54:06 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: GeronL

Can’t believe I never cheated. Must have been too busy.


40 posted on 11/12/2012 11:03:50 PM PST by Nucluside (ready)
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To: GeronL

Can’t believe I never cheated. Must have been too busy.


41 posted on 11/12/2012 11:04:01 PM PST by Nucluside (ready)
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To: olcurmudgeon

Well, even if the study is accurate, it’s timing/release is hardly coincidental.


42 posted on 11/13/2012 12:39:11 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: GeronL
Very possible. Is there a point?

More interesting would be whether there is a correlation with number of stars.

How many Petraeus GFs are there, in total?

43 posted on 11/13/2012 12:52:08 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
Absence does not make the heart grow fonder and it makes another portion of your anatomy very lonely.

Genitals don't feel emotions. The desire for sex is psychological, not physical.

44 posted on 11/13/2012 2:45:40 AM PST by Isabel C.
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To: olcurmudgeon

No, this is bullsh*t. Veterans are just a lot more honest than non-veterans - who won’t admit it when they cheat.


45 posted on 11/13/2012 3:02:38 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: GeronL

If you have been looking in the commissary for condoms, you have been shopping in the wrong place: you buy groceries at the commissary - condoms would be at the PX. No wonder “they are always sold out”!


46 posted on 11/13/2012 4:24:13 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: olcurmudgeon
32 percent of veterans who were ever married reported that they'd had extra-marital sex, compared with 16.8 percent of ever-married non-veterans;

This Veteran is in the 68%.
Let's see the study of the % of Politicians who were ever married that had extra-marital sex compared with non-politicians.....

47 posted on 11/13/2012 4:32:07 AM PST by Mopp4
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Sometimes—or even more often—it’s not the GI but rather the spouse.

Many years ago I was at the NCO Academy at Charelston AFB in Charleston S.C.

One Friday night at the NCO Club, there were about 300% more women there, all skanked up and ready to party. I asked a friend who was from the base why and he said:

“The Navy has gone out to sea for a multi-month deployment on Tuesday. These are Navy wives.”


48 posted on 11/13/2012 4:39:39 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: olcurmudgeon

Which is why women in subs is a bad idea.


49 posted on 11/13/2012 5:12:52 AM PST by paltz
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To: olcurmudgeon

I bet that at least 90% of all people cheat.Tell a mate we are doing a DNA test and note the reaction.


50 posted on 11/13/2012 7:35:46 AM PST by Vaduz
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