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I Am An Army Brat

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M Aug 10, 2014

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Well I'm not a spoiled brat, but I definitely enjoy spoiling a girl. And I don't just mean a gift on occasion... I like taking her shopping and turning her into a greedy...
    MrMoneybags MrMoneybags 31-35, M 2 Responses May 11

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    There's a bunch of edgy, materialistic, spoiled, bratty teenagers over here in my state. They always talk so loudly and moronic, take filtered selfies, do poorly in school, talk...
    MisunderstoodGirl69 MisunderstoodGirl69 13-15, F May 17

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    Well she's not in the Army yet but she's a senior at my highschool she's a very sweet girl with a great personality but for some reason changes at a very odd rate only when I talk...
    steeleo steeleo 16-17, M 1 Response May 10

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    so I met and married a guy in the Army back in 2012.....well we have since divorced and I guess I didn't have enough of the Army bc now I met someone else and he also is in the...
    06cumminsgirl 06cumminsgirl 22-25, F 2 Responses May 18

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    Army, Air Force, etc men I find them freaking sexy. If I ever had to become a army wife I would wait for my man to enter the door & I jump right on him kiss him, walk my way down...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    my partner has gone away on a trip and am really struggling and would love to know how others cope. when he is in army he goes into army mentality wich i know he needs but for...
    mushabelly123 mushabelly123 26-30, F 1 Response May 3

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    So I'm relatively new to being an army girlfriend I've been dating my boyfriend for well over a year now and he just joined the army last month officially (he's going into the...
    tayalynn tayalynn 18-21, F 2 Responses May 8

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    I still serve in the army - Israeli army. I hate it but more 3 months - I finish, yay! :D
    Dana1212 Dana1212 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I would love to be able to relate to anyone that has dealt with being an Army girlfriend. I have been dating my boyfriend for 2 years in September. He is stationed in Germany and...
    Markus1201 Markus1201 26-30 May 7

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    my wonderful army man is going to propose to me when I pin his e4 this month!!! we might be expecting our first baby!!!!!!!!!! life is great!!!
    jewelsjohnson jewelsjohnson 22-25 1 Response May 8

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    When I join the army this is soooooo gonna be me and all my buds
    mrwilson062198 mrwilson062198 16-17, M 2 Responses May 14

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    My boyfriend and I have known each other for over 7 years. He joined the army 3 years ago, and we have been dating for 4 months now. He lives over 2,000 miles away from me. I miss...
    Christiana04 Christiana04 18-21, F May 17

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    My boyfriend recently went to Townsville from singleton and is in 3RAR and wants me to move up as soon as I can but I'm worried I won't make any friends up there. Does anyone know...
    airlied airlied 18-21, F 1 Response May 18

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    Does anyone know how hard it is for a private to move off base if he's not in a recognised relationship. I want to move up to Townsville with my boyfriend but we aren't recognised...
    airlied airlied 18-21, F 1 Response May 18

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    As soon as I graduate from high school. US Army here I come.
    dubsteplover98 dubsteplover98 16-17, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    No longer an Army GF :/ it was nice having everyone in this experience app advice me & help me. I thank all of you ! & please always show love & support to our soldiers!
    Madelinex24 Madelinex24 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I can't believe in 4 days my husband graduates from bct. But I won't be able to be their for him. to see him and tell him how proud I am of him.. am so upset..
    jandy37 jandy37 22-25, F May 17

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    I have the most annoyings b****est 11 year old sister!! She will blame so much of her **** on me that I can't even deal with it. She will get the most attention because she is the...
    Jejddjjfjjd Jejddjjfjjd 16-17 1 Response May 11

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