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I Am An Army Brat

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 122 People

    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 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

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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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    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

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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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    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

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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, 2014

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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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    Born and raised in it.

    Traveled the world. Maybe I'll join too.
    jenna6978 jenna6978 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 20, 2014

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M Aug 10, 2014

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Okay so I'm going to visit my fiance in 6 days for his Army graduation in Fort Jackson, SC and I have no idea what to wear. I was thinking about leggings, but I'm not sure if I can...
    love9996 love9996 16-17, F 3 hrs ago

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    Why Bother with a Brat? The effort they put into they fun and games is matched by their devotion and deep desire to make you happy. A properly trained brat knows when it is and is...
    SouthernBelle81 SouthernBelle81 31-35, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Moms literally find out everything. Like no joke! My mom is always barging into my room looking for a reason to ***** at me, which of course only makes me act like a complete brat...
    lizygurl lizygurl 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 17

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    Literally this is me spoiled brat status proud of it 👌👍
    sexydaughter16 sexydaughter16 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    I Served for the British army for 2 years go on say it "girls can't be in armies there to weak there to stupid especially blonde girls" you know what I'm done with all this...
    MyPreciousHeart MyPreciousHeart 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 5

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    I'm going to Texas for Spring Break. I just had a fight with my boyfriend because he said he doesn't want me to meet some of the Army wives of his friends'. I asked him if I could...
    cabp24 cabp24 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 9

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    My boyfriend will be joining the army in a couple of months. I don't know how to cope with it. I am too afraid to lose him and don't wanna let him go, but at the same time, I wanna...
    AliciaJean AliciaJean 16-17 3 Responses Mar 10

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    My name is Starr, my boyfriend just left for Army Basic Training about a month ago and sometimes it's hard to remember that every day that passes it'll bring me and him together...
    StarrC787 StarrC787 18-21, F Mar 11

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    it's so hard talking to my friends about my man they just don't understand the whole army aspect. it's not there fault but with there was someone who could relate.
    kristykaz121 kristykaz121 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 12

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    So I am really bummed out. I got married to the best hubby ever 9 months ago and we planned have having a beautiful ceremony when he returns from Germany. Married in 2014 and...
    ElvishArmyWife ElvishArmyWife 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 17

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    I am going to be moving here next year. Would love to get to know some of you Army wives/girlfriends at Fort Hood! 😊
    mirandab3 mirandab3 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I want to be in the army with my friend but idk cuz r gfs arent agreeing
    lostbrokeheart lostbrokeheart 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I want to be int the army but I can't join due to partial blindness in my left eye.
    DPenrose28 DPenrose28 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Night time is the worst time when your partner is away for 6 months of Army training. 😔 Does anyone else feel especially sad and lonely when it's night time and you realise...
    linda937 linda937 18-21, F 22 hrs ago

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    Really missing him rn. I see other couples around me and just wish for a simple hug from him, anything. Just to FEEL him!
    hollycooke hollycooke 16-17, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    Does anyone have a man at Fort sill??
    Carliza0425 Carliza0425 16-17 1 Response Mar 13

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    I'm Bossy sometimes and I want what I want
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    Hey ladies! I have a question. I recently married my soldier and I was wondering what does it mean to do "career"? We were talking about our future and the topic of her doing...
    Armygf14 Armygf14 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    29 more days !!!!!! Omg it seems so close im beyond nervous , ecstatic, anxious , I just dont know hot I'm going to react. Hows the experience of family day , seeing them again...
    Madelinex24 Madelinex24 18-21, F Mar 4

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