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I Am An Army Brat

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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

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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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    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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    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

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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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    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

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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

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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 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M Aug 10

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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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    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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    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 13-15, 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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    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 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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    Related Experiences

    So my bathroom is being remodeled sometime today which is great but..... This means I have to share a bathroom with my parents. My bathroom is in my room which is convenient for me...
    lizygurl lizygurl 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 14

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    I'm new the Army Girlfriend scene.. I'm an Army Fiancé... I need some advice as my Fiancé is leaving for Basic Training on my birthday October 20. I know our relationship will...
    MySoldierMyLove MySoldierMyLove 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 11

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    I am sitting outside of the Armed Forces Career Center waiting for my boyfriend to get out of PT and crying my eyes out. We have been dating for over a year and a half and he...
    countingthedays0422 countingthedays0422 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 23

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    I'm not really going to do it for my country (although don't get me wrong in love America) it's more for me to feel like I'm doing something... Where I am right now I'm just a...
    Nightfang109 Nightfang109 13-15, M Sep 27

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    ... so I bought army pants and flip flops.
    crookedteethteen crookedteethteen 13-15, F Oct 3

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    I am an army girlfriend and in a couple of months I was planning in moving to the fort riley area in kansas to be with my boyfriend of over two years whom is in the infantry. His...
    madi917 madi917 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 8

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    Hi my boyfriend is going to have his first deployment and im new to the army girlfriend life i dont know what to expect can somebody help me 😊🇺🇸
    blanca1170 blanca1170 18-21, F 16 hrs ago

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    I just wanna talk to my babe <3
    LovedByASoldier LovedByASoldier 18-21, F Sep 23

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    I relieved two more letters today. :) this man makes me so happy. I'm glad all is well. He still hasn't got my letters yet. But I sent them Friday morning so they should be on...
    emuck emuck 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 23

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    he called me after his work,,so from 11pm-4am were on skype and were both sleeping (: and when he woke up we skype again before his PT (: ...well u all know how HAPPY i am right...
    ber9904 ber9904 31-35, F Sep 23

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    Feel like absolute crap, talking to him will make my day better
    LovedByASoldier LovedByASoldier 18-21, F Sep 24

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    My husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan. We have been together 4 years and our son will be 1 year old next month. Everyone has been telling me for years that I am in an...
    SamiBabyx33 SamiBabyx33 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 24

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    Hi friends! This is my first time ever joining a site like this but I was so intrigued to do it because I was browsing through all the stories and this seems like such a great...
    Skyekenway Skyekenway 22-25, F Sep 24

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    Just a reminder please keep OPSEC in mind with all the escalating activity with ISIS our soldiers need more protection than ever so please dont go around saying when or where your...
    Armygirl2012 Armygirl2012 22-25, F Sep 24

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    Just a reminder please keep OPSEC in mind with all the escalating activity with ISIS our soldiers need more protection than ever so please dont go around saying when or where your...
    Armygirl2012 Armygirl2012 22-25, F Sep 24

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    Missing him like CRAZY. I hope I get a letter from him soon saying that he has received my letters. I Love that man to death
    emuck emuck 16-17, F Sep 26

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    Okay so today at my highschool football game some ******* in my grade slapped my butt and grabbed it. I turned around and slapped him right back on the face. My boyfriend is in...
    emuck emuck 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 26

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    I get to see my amazing soldier in 4 more days!!! I absolutely cannot wait!! I am so excited!!!! I got my first phone call the other day!! I got to talk to him for two hours the...
    claudiatalley16 claudiatalley16 16-17, F Sep 26

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    my boyfriend left for basic last week and i want some to be honest how long does it take to get a letter or call???? ibe crying every night missing him.!!!! iwant to go every thing...
    1stLady2yu 1stLady2yu 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 27

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    And previous but not the very least The entire tour would by no means happen to be that a great knowledge and achievement devoid of your knowlege, exertionvietnam.com 2013-06-25...
    Keniaga838 Keniaga838 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 27

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    My boyfriend and I have been together for over a year and a half. On Monday (22nd of September) he left for kapooka. I miss him so much, and I haven't talked to him since Tuesday...
    kated96 kated96 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 27

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    I only have two weeks left and I'm scared. Soon he won't be here anymore to hug me when I need it, make me laugh when i;m sad, listen to me when I've had a bad day and make...
    mykalexa mykalexa 16-17, F Sep 27

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    Im so proud, my husband picked up E-6! He has been busting his butt and finally points dropped enough for him to pick up. They have pretty much stayed high for his mos, over 730...
    SSGArmyWife1 SSGArmyWife1 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 27

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    A top secret ingredient surprises several Experienced cookers, gifted chefs and food stuff lover, A necessary to produce a unique flavor for Vietnamese savory dishes is “N...
    Jacksonpj05 Jacksonpj05 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 27

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    My boyfriend has been gone for seven months. Prior to his departure we were on and off but it seems like we have been getting closer and closer everyday. Some days it's the hardest...
    sassysidney sassysidney 18-21, F Sep 28

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    I'm so happy to see everyone is getting phone calls and getting to be spending extra unexpected days with their men and everything is working out for you all! :) hopefully letters...
    emuck emuck 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 28

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    So only 140 days (: he would come home for Christmas but his armor (along with his roommates) were stolen so they have to pay for the expenses which means no plane ticket. But that...
    LovedByASoldier LovedByASoldier 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 28