When I wrote Singled Out, I was just beginning to learn about singles in the military. Since then, I have learned more about the topic, and now, most recently, about singles in the Foreign Service, thanks mostly to people who have written guest posts. There has also been some research about how singles fare in their post-military days.
For this article, I have collected links to what I and some guest bloggers have written about singles in the military and the Foreign Service, in three sections.
Discrimination against Singles in the Military?
In these writings, authors argue that singles are treated unfairly in the military, relative to married people.
- “Dorm rats”: The military’s bias against singles with no kids. Guest post by Dale Nyhus
- Married in the military? You get more for your service. Guest post by Onely
- Are the lives of married soldiers worth $250,000 more than those of single soldiers?
- Singlism in the Navy: Guest blogger continues the debate
- Chapter 12 of Singled Out on the myth of family values: “Let’s give all the perks, benefits, gifts, and cash to couples and call it family values”
More Positive Perspectives on Singles in the Military and Foreign Service
- Single in the Navy, Part 1: Guest post by Roger Morris
- Single in the Navy, Part 2: Guest post by Roger Morris
- Is Veterans Day the fairest holiday of them all?
- The “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal and beyond: Credit the non-judgmental young adults
- Single in the Foreign Service: Heather Steil Blogs from Afghanistan
- Who’s happy now? Single vs. married warriors
What Do We Know about How Single Warriors Fare?