I have never read such a load of garbage in my life - and everyday I read essays written by 14 year olds.
Yes, it's hard being the wife (or for that matter the husband) of a serviceperson on deployment. But thousands, tens of thousands of people have done it. Those who serve do their duty when it's hard. So do their families. It is a duty, it does involve sacrifice, and I can understand that some people find they can no longer handle that, and I don't condemn them for it.
But to end a marriage, any sort of relationship, in the way described here - taking advantage of the fact that the other party isn't in a position to respond, can't come home, can't try and work it out, can't even discuss it properly is just plain wrong. The only time it could be justified is somebody taking the opportunity to flee an abusive relationship, but that isn't what is being talked about here.
My wife stood with me over two decades in the Navy, including deployments, including one war deployment. Was it easy for her? No. But she knew it wouldn't be and she chose to serve her country alongside me - "They also serve who only sit and wait" really does mean something. I just can't find words to describe what I think of the awful person who wrote this article.
I can understand Ms Cox feeling the marriage was over. I can understand her leaving her husband. But she didn't have to do it when he wasn't there. Have the guts, the intestinal fortitude to stand up and say, "I'm sorry, but it's over" if that is what you have to do, but there's a difference between walking away, and slinking off in secret.
The soldier is well shut of her, and the children will eventually realize who acts from selfishness, and who acts from selfless service.
Good thing she is a Marxist, as she won’t have the kids visiting for Christmas.