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Military Marriages: Does a Higher Set of Standards Apply?

The Takeaway on November 14, 2012 14:53

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    As General David Petreaus’s marital infidelity comes to light and his storied career comes to an end, questions have arisen about his marriage, his life in the military, and whether members of the military are — or should be — held to a higher standard than the rest of us.
    We asked listeners to give their take on this question yesterday, and many of you weighed in.
    Frimet said: "No, they should not be held to a higher standard, unless it poses a threat to our national security. We've lost too many great politicians to America's obsession with morality. Their personal lives should be separate from their public/political lives.
    But what do military spouses think? And what are the unique challenges they face?
    Siobhan Fallon is the author of "You Know When the Men Are Gone," a collection of stories about American soldiers and their families. Her husband, who is a major, has served in the Army for 12 years.
    Krystel Spell writes the blog "Army Wife 101." Her husband is a sergeant who’s served in the Marines, the Army, and the National Guard.
    Mike Schindler is a Navy veteran, and author of "Operation Military Family: How Military Couples are Fighting to Preserve Their Marriages." In researching his book, he conducted over 1,000 hours of interviews with military couples — including with high-ranking officers.

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