Why do women want to get married so early?

Ok, I'm from the south, in the military till 2013. Some might say I'm money oriented, and I can't totally disagree. I realize money doesn't bring happiness, but it does take money to be happy at least in my opinion. Anyways. There's the background...All my life I've been used to girls growing up and getting married as soon as they get out of high school...Why is that? Is it because girls think that their beauty is their best attraction feature and as they grow older they lose it? Every girl I talk to for any period of time always talks about she's ready to get married and start a family. I suppose sociological pressure is to blame for most of this, and yes I understand we were put her to pro-create but at what age? And what people don't realize is that a lot of sacrifices are made once you get married. Maybe just for me the benefits to being married don't outweigh the benefits of being single. Does that mean I'm a selfish person cause I want what's best for me? You could also pin this down to the fact that I've just never been in love. Whatever the reason, I'm am solely attracted to girls who are independent/ go getters...They don't wait their whole life in their hometown for prince charming. They have goals in their life. Graduate college, own a house, own a car, live wherever they desire, be the best at my job, visit another country...Not be average. Do women feel like failures if they aren't married by 25? do women get "desperate" to get married, or do they sometimes "settle" because of their age? I'm in the military and have been to afghanistan, germany, italy, czech republic, hungary, spain, greece, france, slovenia, and africa to name a few. I have seen many cultures and a broad spectrum of ppl, but have yet to understand this. the quickest way for a girl to turn me off is to start talking about marriage when she has done nothing for herself besides graduate high school. is it wrong to only go after succesful women, or more importantly women who seek success?
Why do women want to get married so early?
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