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I Am An Army Brat

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    I am a grown up Army Brat.

    I am an adult who feels stuck in adolescence when it comes to making friends. Once I get past the two or three year mark, I don't understand how friendships progress. I don't know how to nurture friendships and also I am so insecure in friendships that I don't initiate time...
    lizoutofwater lizoutofwater 26-30, F Jul 31

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    Different

    My father was in the army. I got to experience the world at a young age. Then moved to a small town in Virginia and found out that I was different because of the way I saw the world and saw people. It has been a blessing and hard but would not trade what I have had in my life for...
    cmarsh002 cmarsh002 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 5, 2012

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    I Used to Resent the Term Brat...

     Well, I think it's interesting that there are only five stories in this experience group out of 29 members (at this point)  and it has been in the works for about a year and a half. I guess there are more life experiences that define us than what our dad's (or mom's...
    silverback1952 silverback1952 61-65, M 1 Response Dec 12, 2008

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    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M Aug 10

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    Poem

    I'm not normally a fan of poetry but this poem is so true to all of us growing up with parents in the military. If you have parents in the army you will understand the term military brat! This term means negative things like we're spoiled or ungrateful but that's far from the...
    Taythomas Taythomas 18-21, F Oct 19, 2013

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    All I've Known

    I was volunteering last weekend, talking to one of the employees where we have our adoptions every weekend. We're a military community but you wouldn't think it. She'd married her husband, who was in the Army, and he'd gotten stationed down here. She hates it since she's from a...
    Lilliesforme Lilliesforme 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 18, 2011

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    I Loved It Until I Was About 10

    The first home I remember was on a military base. There was a big tree with a tire swing in the backyard and all my friends in the neighbourhood had parent(s) in the army too. I loved dressing up to go to the mess and every year at Christmas there was a big Christmas party I went...
    halfbloodprincess halfbloodprincess 18-21, F Sep 30, 2013

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    The Good Years...

    I grew up in the military from what I can see now as the "good" years ('77-'95).  When I turned 23 my ID card expired and that was that.  All I had ever known was the support system of the military.  In a way it was like living in a small town.  Even...
    kerette kerette 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 19, 2008

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    My Little Story.

    I was born at Womack Army Medical Center in 1987. Back then, Fort Bragg was not as populated as it is now. My father was in the Army, and my mother was a marine. Needless to say it was a strained relationship, like everything in my family; stressed like my old redline violin...
    Bratintheorch Bratintheorch 22-25 Jan 19, 2012

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    State Side Brat

    my father was the one who tore down the lil boys when they came to base and rebuild them in the army's image. he was very good at his job, which means that he was good at tearing us down as well.  i had the unique experience of being in the military life, and staying in the...
    mouse70 mouse70 41-45, F Feb 10, 2013

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    The hardest part of being an Army brat is

    having to leave your old friends and trying to make new ones. Trying to fit in, wondering if anyone is going to like you, again.
    jenna6978 jenna6978 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 4

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    I Am An Army Brat

    I am an Army daughter, both of my fathers were in the army and retired Generals, about 2 years ago.   I currently have a forum for women that have husbands in the military, and their husbands are also a part of the community. I design tags/signatures, to be used on the...
    ladysnowflake ladysnowflake 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 9, 2008

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    Yes I Am

    I am an Army brat. My family moved about 10 times while I was growing up. I'm so used to having to discount the importance of my belongings that I still don't get attached to "stuff". Memories are all that matter to me.
    Pinget Pinget 36-40, F Aug 14, 2007

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    Daughter and Sister of An Army Guy

    For the first 13 yrs of my life I lived the full life of the Army and I am sorry to say the only thing I miss about it is the traveling.  For the life of me I would never join the military.  I rarely saw my father he was gone all the time for months on end.  I have...
    louamylou76 louamylou76 31-35, F Sep 27, 2008

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    It's All I Know

    If my dad wasn't in the Army, he was in the National Guard. I lived a civilian life for many 9 years when my dad was booted from the Army back in the 90s for being passed over for Major twice (then Desert Storm happened. Morons.) I moved overseas when I was 14 &...
    gardenbeauty gardenbeauty 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 14, 2009

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    I Wish

    I wish that when my dad left, someone had told me that I would never see that man again. Even when he did come back, he would never be the same. He would never be the man who got me the biggest bag of cheetos he could find becouse my mom said I couldn't have any. He would never...
    aandwkid aandwkid 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 14, 2013

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    Definitely Affected Me

    my dad was only in for 8 years but they were the first 8 years of my life. there were things about the military life that i was subjected to that have left lasting and haunting impressions. we were in another country and there was a terrorist who was a threat to us. we had to...
    ktsm0m ktsm0m 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 8, 2007

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    I grew up as an army brat,

    lived overseas, moved nearly every year. Then joined the Army myself.
    INFPwithMS INFPwithMS 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 29

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    Love It But Hate It!

    My dad joined the army when I was 3, I am now 13, so 10 years in 2 weeks he is still there now, and I miss him terribly, there has been 2 times when he has surprised me my sister and my brother, I was 6 and 9, I haven't seen him for 2 years, he is meant to be coming back home 3...
    madelyn13 madelyn13 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 18, 2013

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    Have Been An Army Brat For the 16 Years of My Life.

    My daddy has been in the Army since he was around 17 or 18. I have lived in at least seven states and several houses. My brother has lived in about six states, and my sisters have both lived in a different house every year of their lives so far. I love my daddy for what he...
    Keiko93 Keiko93 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 3, 2009

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    I come from an army family.

    .. In fact my parents meet in the army! We moved around and always came 2nd after the army. Now as an adult I would never even consider joining and if one of my children do I will not support it. I do understand we need an army but we suffered growing up .., i changed schools 9...
    kel25 kel25 26-30 4 days ago

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    Hey all! I am Emma. I was born an Army brat

    and still am an Army brat. Where was everyone born and where are you now? Me: born at Fort Polk and now at Meade. ;)
    EmmaBrun EmmaBrun 13-15, F 4 Responses Dec 31, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    It's not that I'm the spoiled brat it's that spoiled brats always seem to find me. A recent case in point; a few weeks ago I was doing makeup for a client in her home. While I was...
    eric2maid eric2maid 31-35, M 2 Responses Aug 2

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    I was an Army Wife for 8 years, and I hated it. It's total sacrilege to say that and current Army Wives will totally rip you for saying it. You're supposed to be super proud to be...
    HouseholdSix HouseholdSix 41-45, F 4 days ago

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    My husband is ready to join the army. I'm ok with it now. A couple of months ago I was not. We just got married May 4, 2014 so it will be really hard for us. We are just starting...
    AshleyStiles AshleyStiles 18-21 1 Response Jul 31

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    Ever since I was a little girl I always wanted to join the Army. The thought of those hard core training caught my attention, now that's just a minor reason. It's actually the...
    NicoBunny6 NicoBunny6 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    After arriving at the unit, I've became completely and utterly disgruntled. I don’t care anymore! I really don’t give a ****, and that’s bad, but it’s becoming increasingly...
    sithdeominca sithdeominca 26-30, M Aug 21

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    Alright I need everyone's help. update: doesn't look like I'll be going to his graduation. My parents aren't comfortable with me going so far away, they haven't met his parents yet...
    armygirlfriend14 armygirlfriend14 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 1

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    Hopefully I could join the army in my junior or senior year of high school to serve my country and to do something with my life
    NancyCS NancyCS 13-15, F Aug 3

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    I have been an Army girlfriend for almost 7 months. In 2 days my boyfriend will be leaving for a two week training out of state (he's Reserves). When he comes home it will only be...
    lougirl88 lougirl88 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 6

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    Dear Ma and Pa: . Am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Army beats working for old man Minch. Tell them to join up quick before all the places are filled...
    Digitaldork Digitaldork 31-35, M Aug 11

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    Does anyone know if army reserves get leave when deployed?
    lougirl88 lougirl88 26-30, F Aug 11

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    Does anyone know if Army Reserves get leave when deployed? I'm not sure if it works the same way as active duty.
    lougirl88 lougirl88 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 11

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    In one more week, my boyfriend, James, and I will be together for four years. We've known each other since we were 15 and have been best friends ever since. It sounds so silly and...
    riversongsingalong riversongsingalong 18-21, F Aug 13

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    After I graduate out of high school I wanna go into the army. But my family members (mostly my mom and sister) are scared for me to go. Idk why
    WesleyMcCool WesleyMcCool 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 17

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    I'm new to the whole army balls, I think they are called battalion balls? But does anyone know when they are and does every state have one?
    lyssaraelou lyssaraelou 26-30, F Aug 18

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    Dual prognosis refers to your individual who is at the same time Dealing with equally a drug or Alcoholic beverages abuse problem as well as a behavioral or mental difficulty. By...
    Ethan614c4ap9 Ethan614c4ap9 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 22

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    What are people's thoughts on getting married young? I'm 19 and my boyfriend is 18- he's in the army and we've been talking about getting married so we can be together. Does anyone...
    Sinead432 Sinead432 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Off we go to Fort Riley. The house is all packed into a U-Haul and the bird is in his carrier and very unhappy about it. We're camping our way there so that should be interesting...
    WOwifeLaura WOwifeLaura 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I've never been so happy in my life! Tomorrow I finally fly out to Georgia to see my bf graduate from AIT. This has been a tough 3 months but I got through it. I wouldn't want my...
    macrenatoa macrenatoa 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Crazy to think that his bootcamp is 71 days and 58 days are already gone of that. After I see him at graduation and family day for two days it'll be a 140 day (or so) journey...but...
    LovedByASoldier LovedByASoldier 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    So probably over the past year or so, a lot of people I know have the army or marines or Air Force and it has made me more aware and interested in it! If you are or have been in...
    tsg96 tsg96 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Army Girlfriend in need of advice and support! So my story is definitely different. My soldier and I have been dating for three months now. We met on an online dating site and...
    ashsager2012 ashsager2012 18-21, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    Eric, my feet need as much spoiling as the rest of me. Kiss them!
    eric2maid eric2maid 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 9

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    Granddaughter is actually: We did it again, she was able to "get her way" with her dad and make him get some nice designer brand clothes for school. Its gonna be a good school...
    midschtch midschtch 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 16

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    I'm watching these kids tonight. I have never hated children as much as I do right now. Pretty sure the ovaries made a b-line for the interstate.
    SheWasJaded SheWasJaded 26-30, F Aug 16

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    "Mom-MEEEE!" Whenever I say this my mother is always slow to answer and my father says, "What does that boy want now?" To him I usually say, "Nothing from you,so but OUT!!!" He...
    SolomonSaul SolomonSaul 16-17, M Aug 21

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    Come out of the darkness. Darkness holds pain, hate, and regret. The light holds love, life, and joy. Come to the light so you can be who you were made to be.
    PrincessHeather PrincessHeather 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 31

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    every one make himself in their position.... then..Decide..
    boshasalah00 boshasalah00 18-21, M Jul 31

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