Using data collected via a survey with UK military personnel analysis was conducted to understand what socio-demographic, military and deployment specific factors might impact the romantic relationships of UK military personnel. The results indicated that most of the participants did not report experiencing relationship difficulties. Of those who did, the factors most likely to negatively impact relationships were related to having financial difficulties at home during deployment, being in unmarried long term relationships compared to being in married relationships, deploying for more than 13 months in a three year period, and limited support for and from their partners. The findings indicate that the likelihood of UK military personnel experiencing relationship difficulties is increased due to personal vulnerabilities that may be exacerbated in the military context.
Military work, especially operational deployments, may impact the romantic relationships of military personnel. Using a subsample of 7,581 participants from a cohort study of U.K. military personnel (data collected between 2007 and 2009), the prevalence of relationship difficulties and associations with sociodemographic, military-, and deployment-related characteristics was examined. Most participants did not report experiencing relationship difficulties. Adjusted regression analyses indicate that childhood adversity, limited support for and from partners, being in unmarried relationships, financial problems, deploying for more than 13 months in 3 years, and work being above trade, ability, and experience were key factors associated with relationship difficulties. The likelihood of U.K. military personnel experiencing relationship difficulties is increased because of personal vulnerabilities that may be exacerbated in the military context.
Keeling, M., Wessely, S., Dandeker, D., Jones, N., and Fear, N.T. (2015). Relationship difficulties among UK military personnel: the impact of socio-demographic, military and deployment-related factors. Marriage and Family review, 51, 3, 275-303. DOI:10.1080/01494929.2015.1031425