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I Am An Army Brat

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 112 People

    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    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 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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    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 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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    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 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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    Anyone else from Russia or former USSR Republic? Now I'm Russian Army reservist with aspiration to serve in special forces (Spetsnaz). I failed test this year (few seconds time on...
    fedor93 fedor93 18-21, M 9 hrs ago

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    I am a little bratty... Just a little lol..
    Lilneko Lilneko 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 25

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    im a brat its either my way or no way but i can guarantee you it'll most definitely always be my way
    darkprinsus darkprinsus 13-15, F 8 Responses Dec 5

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    I know this group is for girls who have boyfriends that are in the army. My situation is a little different, I'm in the army and I leave for basic training in July, then I go...
    healthyvibes healthyvibes 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 2

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    This morning, the love of my life began his journey into the National Guard. He has experienced several Drills over the past few months and now the day has come where it's time for...
    heatherhusskee heatherhusskee 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 19

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    My boyfriend, he hasn't exactly left for the army yet, but he is sworn in and there's only seven months until he leaves for Basic Training. And we're counting the months at the...
    MickeyLeen MickeyLeen 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 6

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    Kapooka training. Hi there, does anyone have any idea about how long it usually takes between the medical examinations & selection process and the kapooka training? How much of a...
    shazza23 shazza23 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    been deployed with the 25th I love the army and I would do it all over if I got the chance next year my contract is up and I'll rejoin but ima try to get sf in my contract this...
    sapper325 sapper325 18-21, M 3 days ago

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    So lately, we've been back and forth to the recruiter as we get passed a lot of medical stuff. So we're finally towards the home stretch. We'll be submitting a med read at the end...
    WynonnaMarye WynonnaMarye 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    So tired of hearing it. Never spoiled. Fathers scratching post. When i want something its a reward. For tolerating. And not going jerk. Power of suggestion bites...
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M Nov 24

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    Am an analytical dreamer. Who knows what technology can do. And expects world peace due to that.
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M Nov 24

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    But want to be. Many had it worse. And didnt break like me did. But some left earth. Recently. At 13. With Christian parents. So why do i complain. He didnt...
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M Nov 24

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    Absolutely, and I throw temper tantrums when I don't get my way, just not in the traditional sense. Popping pills, drinking until you can't stand, crying, refusing to socialize...
    Plutonianbabe Plutonianbabe 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 28

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    A bit sometimes but I don't care . Yes, I get my way like 98percent of the time but that 2percent is the time that counts . I don't really care if we have spaghetti or enchiladas...
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 1

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    just start cooking,and shuttup already!
    spoonandstretch spoonandstretch 41-45, M Dec 5

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    I do what I want when I want and no one can stop me!
    unspankablebrat80 unspankablebrat80 31-35, F 5 Responses Dec 6

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    Father, uncle,grandfather,two brothers, a few cousins..... obviously it runs in the family. That probably explains why some of my dates in high school didn't want to be introduced...
    CantankerousBabe CantankerousBabe 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I just found out today that my boyfriend gets commissioned into Active Duty Infantry in May 2015. We've been together for 4 months, while he's been studying abroad in Europe. We'll...
    chrismich216 chrismich216 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 19

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    my bf is coming home from afghanistan in december. I want to do something special for him any ideas ? we have a 7 month old
    queenkimoni queenkimoni 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 20

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    i want to join the military. i know im to "young" to be thinking about this but its true.. but my family says no because they are scared im going to die... NOT EVERYONE DIES -0- i...
    Lizzy805 Lizzy805 13-15, F Nov 20

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    So my brother is a helicopter pilot and has recently been asking my opinions on him potentially going from 1LT to Warrant in order to fly more. I don't know how I feel. On one hand...
    DenverGirl25 DenverGirl25 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 21

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    So tonight is one of those nights... I miss him soooo much. what do you guys do when you miss him so much? I normally look at pictures but I want something different.
    Caitlyncat Caitlyncat 16-17 Nov 21

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    Got 7 letters today!!! 7! My boyfriend isn't the sappy type but a couple of his letters were so sweet and sappy that they made me cry. I keep re-reading the letters. I miss him so...
    maeranay maeranay 18-21, F Nov 21

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    Yay kapooka for my husband is almost over!!!
    jojok3mp jojok3mp 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 23

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