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I Am An Army Brat

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 125 People

    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 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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    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, 2014

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    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M Aug 10, 2014

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Born and raised in it.

    Traveled the world. Maybe I'll join too.
    jenna6978 jenna6978 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 20, 2014

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    My boyfriend just left for basic training literally just less than an hour ago. He is in the reserves, which makes me a bit more happy. I had breakfast today with him and spent...
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    My boyfriend left today for basic training and AIT. He'll be gone until November and I can't help but cry today. I have no idea what to do because everything makes me miss him. It...
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    I guess I've been in a college town for too long because whenever I venture out, there are tons of children. When they're well behaved it's great. But I hate when the children...
    Allforaview Allforaview 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    Whenever I complain about annoying, rude, demon kids I see out in public I automatically get turned into satan. I'm sorry I don't like getting ran into by your hellspawn as I'm...
    SphiDaSledgehammer SphiDaSledgehammer 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    Always a hero in my eyes 🇺🇸 i just want to say thankyou for everything that you guys have done
    Thelandiswhereimfrom Thelandiswhereimfrom 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    Any partners based in Sydney? Don't have much of a support network here at home. Most of my friends don't understand and some people have been actually really negitive. Could use...
    rosierosa rosierosa 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    I just saw my soldier! I'm so in love with him and I'm so happy we had time just to spend with each other. Haven't had precious time like that in a long time. I'm so thankful for...
    KatelynR87 KatelynR87 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I am the only child and I am the prince! I get what I want. People just get jealous because they don't have the life I have
    TheLastCrayon TheLastCrayon 16-17, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I get to see my boyfriend today! The whole reason behind why I get to see him isn't a good one though. :(
    Dreamergirl07 Dreamergirl07 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Just missing him. It's not fun getting bad news from your soldier
    KatelynR87 KatelynR87 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Well my solider leaves today. He's almost to the air port. He has to board at 11am. We're not technically together anymore so I didn't go to the air port with him. I cried last...
    Corderica Corderica 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    Just wanting to be in his arms right now :(
    sandrew42 sandrew42 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    I'm fairly new to all of this. But my boyfriend is an infantry solder in the British army and after three months of being apart he was due home on Friday. He lost his passport and...
    Nicolejmc Nicolejmc 18-21 6 days ago

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    My boyfriend is leaving for Fort Benning in 40 days and all I want to do is cling to him and spend every second that I can together but I don't want to smother him and I want to...
    foreverhis14 foreverhis14 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I'm not a spoiled brat your just mistaking my tiredness for attitude and decide your going to fight with your tired child! It's the ******* morning of corse I'm tired the sun is up...
    Lilwillbe Lilwillbe 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm proud that my husband and the father of my children has the bravery to serve this nation! Yes, it's hard when he leaves to such dangerous places but I know it's for the...
    leighannmason leighannmason 26-30, F a week ago

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    1ST PHONE CALL TODAY AND IT WAS AMAZING!!! Man, I missed his voice. Literally ran outside when I heard his ringtone! Man, 30 more days!!!!!
    TRandolph20 TRandolph20 18-21, F Jun 22

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    is making me stronger. While he is over there growing mentally and physically, I'll be here doing the same thing.
    Littlelambxx Littlelambxx 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 21

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