I have been in the Army now for 16 years now, and during my time in, have seen lots, and i do mean LOTS of the younger soldiers (some of whom are not even in their 20s) getting mariied for one reason or another (girlfriend pregnant being the most common) Dont get me wrong i am not at all against this, but in a vast majority of the cases two or three years down the line a great many have split up and divorced. Again for various reasons (adultery, husband away too much etc etc). The reason for putting on this thread is to find out: a) Why do the soldiers still write a letter to a CO asking for permission to get married, (cant ever remember anyone being turned down) surely the SNCOs/Officers at units shoiuld be trying to discourage the younger lads/girls from getting married so early on in their life. b) What sort of percentage of the Army marriages of this type survive and fail. One example i can give is when we were on tour in Bosnia 92 some of us were writing to pen friends to quell the boredom, my mate who was 19 at the time was writing to one girl, who had three hids already and to cut a long story short when we returned from the tour, they met up and were married 3 months later. However 2 years down the line, they had large debts and she eventually left him, taking all the furniture from the quarter, and him financially up sh*t creek. Eventually he left the Army due to his money problems, and i considered him to be a good lad, if not a bit foolish for getting married as quick as he did.