I Am An Army Brat

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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
    2 Responses Jul 4, 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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
    Aug 26, 2014

    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

    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

    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
    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker
    36-40, M
    Aug 10, 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    Jan 19, 2012

    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

    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

    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 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

    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


    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

    Born and raised in it.

    Traveled the world. Maybe I'll join too.
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    3 Responses Dec 20, 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

    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

    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

    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


    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

    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

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    This is something so painful that only people experiencing this will truly understand ... I'm from Australia , Sydney in particular I've known this guy since 15 mind you we fell...
    Lydiaaellise Lydiaaellise
    18-21, F
    Apr 21
    Last day of EP. Why do I feel like breaking all the rules and being extra naughty? Inner brat is dying to play today!! Lol
    sugarbabysub sugarbabysub
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 21
    I'm 15 and live wth my grandmother and my little sister who is 13 years old and I hate it. My sister gets treated so differently. When i was my sisters age I never even had a phone...
    morgan247 morgan247
    16-17, F
    1 Response Apr 21
    Sometimes, the Internet can feel like a middle-school playground populated by brats in ski masks who name-call and taunt with the fake bravery of the anonymous. But sometimes...
    hazaramujahideen hazaramujahideen
    70+, F
    2 Responses Apr 19
    Ok so when did people get the idea that it's ok to compare your life someone else's. Hmm? Just because I am not out there, homeless and starving with no clothes on my back does not...
    HeadInTheCloudz HeadInTheCloudz
    13-15, F
    1 Response Apr 19
    i love my parents to death and im not a prone to depression type or struggling type or anything at all its just I NEED REASONS yes if my mom says no to something I can't hold my...
    123swimmergirl123 123swimmergirl123
    13-15, F
    Apr 19
    I always feel ashamed of hating my mom, but I just can't help it no matter how much I try to be patient and understanding towards her behavior. She's emotionally abusive to...
    alex0995 alex0995
    18-21, F
    Apr 18
    I am an all around open minded person so if you need to talk, please message me. I am open about LGBT+ (I am demisexual and my partner is Trans), BDSM ( NOT 50 Shades of Grey, I am...
    CalicoWoolfe CalicoWoolfe
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 18
    My Army recruiter came up to my school today to talk to me. We went into a small room so we could talk in private. He wanted to know why I changed my mind about joining the Army...
    moose73630 moose73630
    18-21, M
    1 Response Apr 18
    Hey everyone! I'm a new Army wife, and my husband is currently deployed for training. Luckily we only have 3 weeks to go, but I've been missing him so damn much. I can hardly stand...
    cestlavegan0212 cestlavegan0212
    26-30, F
    Apr 17
    I have a hard time in my family I am one of two boys but I also have six girls in my family. I needed to balance everything with my father leaving for the army occasionally leaving...
    Fornax1 Fornax1
    31-35, M
    Apr 17
    When I was 22 I was serving in a very small town in Afghanistan on an aid mission, we were told to distribute medical supplies to local doctors and nurses, (because of a supposed...
    USMC1990 USMC1990
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Apr 17
    I was gonna join the army but I'm thinking about joining the marine corps but I'm not sure which one to join. I'm planning to enlist when I get my bachelors degree so I'll go in as...
    LibertyCityPD LibertyCityPD
    18-21, M
    1 Response Apr 17
    mummy is so mean! I wanted to go skiing tomorrow but she has "other plans" and when I asked why I couldn't go in my private jet is because it's still being repaired! so I ordered...
    kindaspoilt kindaspoilt
    13-15, F
    1 Response Apr 16
    This is about the people who act like the sun shines out of their kids' buttholes. I love it! Kids today are a bunch of overprotected, micromanaged, spoiled brats. http://m...
    SmartKat SmartKat
    46-50, F
    13 Responses Apr 16
    We were just kids, barely out of high school. We all wanted was to be an Army nurse, but they needed drivers more than nurses and because I was taller and more fit than the rest of...
    Boomer80hd Boomer80hd
    Apr 14
    MY VERY LAST POST AND GOODBYE NOTE TO MY CIRCLE OF FRIENDS... Today is my 50th birthday and I was born exactly on a thursday. My mother told me I was born on a very cold day, lead...
    LozzyFromRome LozzyFromRome
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Apr 14
    Every day I can feel my bratty side getting stronger and esp now that I'm tired and cranky
    babygirl011015 babygirl011015
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 14
    Every day I can feel my bratty side getting stronger and esp now that I'm tired and cranky
    babygirl011015 babygirl011015
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Apr 14
    This girl to ld me tiger off my phone during school and I was texting my dad cause he's in the army and is coming home in July and I rarely get to talk to him so I got in her face...
    madisonbearden2003 madisonbearden2003
    18-21, F
    Apr 14
    I hate how people call me spoiled, I work hard for what I have. I have a job it's school and work everyday but just because I buy what I want I'm somehow spoiled.
    Dwood16 Dwood16
    16-17, M
    Apr 13
    My baby's away and I miss him
    deleted deleted
    Apr 13
    My bf left for basic yesterday and I have been trying all types of things to keep me busy , trying to join these support groups hoping someone would reply to just help me get thru...
    deleted deleted
    Apr 13
    At an early age I discovered the joy,s of ************. I dont know my exact age but I was under 10. My older brother had returned from the Army Well maybe I better explain that...
    luckydog1940 luckydog1940
    70+, M
    1 Response Apr 13
    It was on a forum...and as i've mentioned constantly, there was this one stalker who posted forum thread after thread about me and it was horrible. What's even worse is that the...
    Monstermaster13 Monstermaster13
    22-25, M
    Apr 12
    My boyfriend just left for his basic training, and I already miss him a lot. These 3 months will be hard.
    MarziaYaneth MarziaYaneth
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 12
    Wow. This weekend was somethin' else, I'll give you that. So. My step mom was in California on Friday and Saturday. When she's gone, my dad and I actually talk and we get along...
    IntenseCookie IntenseCookie
    18-21, F
    9 Responses Apr 12
    I think I always knew. However it wasn't until I was in my 30's that I would admit it to myself. All through my teens and 20's, in spite of all the obvious clues. I went through...
    AlbertSAT AlbertSAT
    66-70, M
    7 Responses Apr 11
    I can't believe that this site is going on 'pause'. I joined this site to get answers about who I was and I found it. I created Aztecwolf to find answers to my questions and I...
    aztecwolf aztecwolf
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Apr 10
    Look out ladies for Strongerr. This is someone who is pretending to be in the US ARMY possibly using a dead soldiers pics. Beware and delete!!! Disgusting piece of crap he is.
    DJsmum2006 DJsmum2006
    46-50, F
    8 Responses Apr 10
    My sister is a b****. I hate her. I was trying to talk to her, and she slapped me! God, little brat.
    Kimberlybucklandz1093 Kimberlybucklandz1093
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Apr 10
    the last time I said "I love you" it was as if I said "attack" to an army whom had no grief against their enemy
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Apr 10
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