To say that being in a military marriage is tough would be a massive understatement. One spouse is sent away for six months at the shortest if they’re lucky. But in some cases, deployment may last for an entire year, leaving marriages severely strained and relationships suffering. 

While many couples are resilient enough to survive, a good chunk simply crumble. That then leads to infidelity, and a lot of it, apparently. 

The Statistics of Infidelity in a Military Marriage

Let’s look at the numbers: this 2015 study pointed out that around 70% of wives of deployed servicemen believe that their husbands had been unfaithful while on duty.  

Another study published in 2017 revealed that the pervasiveness of sexual affairs within military marriages is 22.6%. The study involved 63 married Airmen, and here’s another staggering statistic: 75% of them who had their souls crushed and hearts trampled on by unfaithful wives had been divorced within the next nine months. 

It’s human nature to constantly long for a spouse’s touch and companionship, and being deprived of it could likely result in unfavorable consequences when worse comes to worst. But why is that? More importantly, does that mean that military marriage is a disaster waiting to happen? 

Everyone has their theories on why people cheat on their spouses, particularly those in the aforementioned arrangement. But rather than coming up with baseless hypotheses, let’s see what science has to say. 

Infidelity Could Be a ‘Self’ Issue

Society is quick to jump to conclusions about the real reasons for infidelity. There will be justifications pointing to one party’s failure to provide for their partner’s needs. For others, it could be because of a potential commitment disparity. Simply put, one spouse is more committed than the other.