I Am An Army Brat

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 132 People

    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

    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
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 14, 2009

    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
    22-25, F
    Sep 30, 2013

    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, 2014

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 3, 2014

    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

    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

    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, 2014

    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
    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker
    41-45, M
    Aug 10, 2014

    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

    The hardest part for me wasn't making friends,

    I am an introvert and was never very interested in having friends. The hardest part for me is watching him come back from deployments more and more different and angry every time.
    allthecoolusernamesweretaken allthecoolusernamesweretaken
    18-21, F
    Feb 14

    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

    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

    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, 2014

    My dad missed a total of 14 years of my life

    because of deploying and I'm only 20
    Tokeetilyoucope Tokeetilyoucope
    18-21, F
    Jan 3

    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

    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, 2014

    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

    Contrary to popular belief

    before I moved to California (not army related) I had never even been on a plane or left the state of Texas . You don't always move around a lot .
    Tokeetilyoucope Tokeetilyoucope
    18-21, F
    Jan 3

    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, 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jun 18, 2013

    Born and raised in it.

    Traveled the world. Maybe I'll join too.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Dec 20, 2014

    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
    16-17, F
    4 Responses Dec 31, 2013
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