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I Am An Army Brat

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 110 People

    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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    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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    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 Aug 26

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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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 4

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Halo halo infantry. Queens of battle follow me.

    The solider life is the life for me. It's all I ever wanna be. The guns grow hot, the men grow bold. The flag goes down and into fold. Stand at attention and salute. Those who died in their combat boots. Halo halo infantry. Queens of battle follow me. The army life's the life...
    Armyhopeful Armyhopeful 16-17, M Nov 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M Aug 10

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    I am an army brat, I wanna say the hardest part

    is making friends, I tend to do my own thing, and since I'm also an army wife now it's especially hard to make friends.
    thefeels21 thefeels21 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    Related Experiences

    You'd think after 6 years I'd have this whole moving thing down pat by now, it isn't like this is my first go around with this. I'm still trying to get the kids' rooms together and...
    katinbell katinbell 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 30

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    I once was a spoiled brat. then everything got taken away from me. so I am no longer a spoiled brat.
    jenn316 jenn316 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 13

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    What really makes me mad is when you tell a child no and it literally flips our and kicks and screams. I literally feel like screaming at the kid then. Kids are getting worse and...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses Nov 4

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    I work in public service and I've come to the disturbing conclusion that true maturity is a myth. Some of the brattiest people I've ever seen are over 21!
    missbellelettres missbellelettres 41-45, M Nov 12

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    Oh yes I am a big brat. XD I'm not really spoiled but I will throw a fit if I don't get what I want. I'm usually spanked after my fits though without getting what I wanted in the...
    XxDorkyBoyxX XxDorkyBoyxX 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 15

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    Not Really A Brat,But Demanding-If someone aggravated me,upset me,didn't do what I wanted right away,or spoke with the wrong tone I cried. My parents were use to it and pretty much...
    FutureMaxiSurgeon FutureMaxiSurgeon 18-21, F Nov 16

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    So just yesterday my boyfriend left for army basic training, for 7 weeks, and has just arrived to base camp which is where we had to say good bye in text till the next time we get...
    tayrichx tayrichx 18-21, F Oct 28

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    Thursday I found out something extremely exciting yet scary at the same time. I'm pregnant. We're thrilled of course, but I'm really nervous because this is my first and...
    ArmyWifeLaura ArmyWifeLaura 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 1

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    i've wanted to join the army for about two years at least. i don't want to tell my family or anyone because they probably don't see me as someone that would want to . my brother...
    shadowstorm292 shadowstorm292 16-17, F Nov 2

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    I have all the respect in the world when it comes to anyone in the army. It doesn't matter what the government does, don't forget that people give everything in their best efforts...
    TakeMeAway15 TakeMeAway15 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    There! I said it! All other Minecrafters come forth and click "me too" if you're in the Sky Army as well! Anybody that behaves like a squid will be blocked. I won't tolerate...
    YuriXWolfram86 YuriXWolfram86 18-21, F Nov 14

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    i will be dating my boyfriend for a year on 11/11/14 he is in the army. none of my ends understand what im going through. i am going through the whole military life at a young age...
    Makaylaandtrevor Makaylaandtrevor 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 25

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    why does life have to be so hard thats what i want to know. why is it so hard when you dont get to talk to him rarely ever because he is in the army. why is it that you love him so...
    Makaylaandtrevor Makaylaandtrevor 16-17, F Oct 26

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    I just recently started dating this army guy who I've been talking for over 6 months now he is being deployed to Afghanistan next week, for 9 months. Everything was going just...
    Kimm0918 Kimm0918 18-21, F Oct 28

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    I hope time flies by. Nobody in my life understands how hard it is to be dating a man who is in the army. I see him two times a month if I'm lucky and its four days at a time. He...
    hksmtr hksmtr 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 2

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    So my Soldier and I couldn't be together on Halloween so I dressed up like a 1940's USO girl :). It was his grandfather who fought in WWII that inspired him to join the Army. I...
    Iwearhistags Iwearhistags 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 2

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    It's taken me awhile to think this over. Honestly for me this was a back and forth decision I've been stuck on for awhile now. But since I'm understanding myself better as I am...
    theghostofpast theghostofpast 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 4

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    My boyfriend left for the army around October 14th and is at Fort Benning. I havent been able to find any pictures or information through Facebook, but have looked at several other...
    emilynyquist emilynyquist 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 11

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    Even I'm not an Army gf anymore I love thinking about the time when my bf and I met. I surely miss seeing him in his uniform but I'm more proud that he is allowed to live his...
    Tscho Tscho 22-25, F Nov 16

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    I dated a friend of my in high school .We never fight the relationship was good but was for short period time but the relationship was shortly lived I broke up with him because I...
    kellner27 kellner27 18-21, F Nov 17

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    So my boyfriend and I have been best of friends for the last 7 years and he's now been the love of my life for almost a year. He's been talking about the Army ever since I can...
    ArmyGF2014 ArmyGF2014 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 17

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    This morning, the love of my life began his journey into the National Guard. He has experienced several Drills over the past few months and now the day has come where it's time for...
    heatherhusskee heatherhusskee 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    My boyfriend just left for basic at FT. Jackson SC. He told that he would get his phone on the weekends (according to one of his sgt's) and we just got off the phone. He is still...
    bishopegrace bishopegrace 16-17, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    My boyfriend left for overseas a month ago, and i miss him like crazy and i worry about him.. its hard, im actually so happy finding 'metoo' and this page.. ive felt so alone...
    mindlilly mindlilly 22-25, F 15 hrs ago

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