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Accession Number ADA584567
Title Impact of Divorce Among Marines, E-5 and Below, on Unit Operational Readiness.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 73p
Personal Author M. E. Foskett
Abstract This paper will explore the hypothesis that first-term Marines, mainly E-4 and below, are making ill-informed marital choices that are leading to a high rate of divorce among Marines, E-5 and below. These divorces, in turn, are having a significant negative impact on two areas of unit operational readiness: Loss of unit personnel due to suicide and loss of time to train. This paper will propose a four-part solution that will equip first-term Marines to make better marital decisions: 1) Mandatory annual training for all Marines, E-5 and below, on the realities of marriage in the Marine Corps; 2) mandatory pre- and post-marital checklists that will compel first-term Marines desiring to marry to seriously consider if they are ready to marry and alert them to the local programs that can help them if they marry; 3) an information campaign from senior enlisted leaders that promotes good marital choices and marital fidelity; and, 4) an on-line educational presentation that gives fianc s of Marines a realistic depiction of married life in the Marine Corps. First-term Marines who are better-informed should make better marital choices which, in turn, should translate into a significant decrease in the rate of divorce among Marines, E-5 and below. Consequently, a significant decrease in divorce should improve unit operational readiness by reducing the number of Marines lost to suicide and allowing more time available to train.
Keywords Divorces
First term marines
Marine corps personnel
Marital choices
Operational readiness
Pre marital training
Unit operational readiness

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Marine Corps Univ., Quantico, VA. Command and Staff Coll.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number N/A

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