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There has been a lot of discussion in the last few weeks about the declining marriage rates among young adults in the United States. According to a recent Pew Research reporta record of adults in the United States—1 in five adults age 25 and older—have never been married. Harry Benson has argued on this blog that the trends are much the same in the U.
Philip Cohen has argued that the downward trend is, in fact, global.
But there does seem to be at least one group of young adults who are bucking the trend: The U. According to a recently published narrative study by Jennifer Lundquist and Zhun Xu, there are three structural elements of military life that act as marriage catalysts: War-zone deployment, relocation asments, and the institutional support and socioeconomic stability of the military. Marriage gives soldiers someone to come home to and a way to remain emotionally connected to their partners.
It gave spouses at home the security of knowing their family would be taken care of should their partner die on deployment. Service members can face relocation every 2—3 years. It was described as a distinct turning point in the life course of a romantic relationship when couples were forced to make a decision. If a couple chooses not to wed, they face permanent separation. Lundquist and Xu found that the servicemen and women they interviewed favorably compared their own socioeconomic situation to that of their civilian peers.
The military provides a steady income, good benefits, and job training. As one respondent explained:. You have to go through counseling, but you get free lodging at the Army resort, get to see the Alps. Outside the military, you have to pay for that stuff, to go see a counselor. The military has a lot of things in place for it. This institutional support for marriage is not disinterested. As Lundquist and Xu note, the family members of servicemen and women are also enlisted in service: They provide emotional support and caretaking labor that the military would be hard-pressed to supply, they help reintegrate servicemen and women into civilian life, and they provide care for injured veterans.
In the United States 5. Comparing marriage in the military to marriage in civilian life may seem like comparing apples to oranges. In the highly individualistic, market-driven policy context of the United States, the transition to adulthood has been very weakly supported by the state. Rather, marriage, the respondents reported, provided benefits the military could not supply: emotional support, personal care, something to live for, constancy in a life that is constant change.
Marriage seems to be a unique good. But the material benefits and support network that the military provided made it possible for the respondents to choose this unique good. Interested in learning more about the work of the Institute for Family Studies? Please feel free to by using your preferred method detailed below.
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