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I Grew Up As An Air Force Brat

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 32 People

    Where?

    I HATE the question 'where are you from?' because there is no easy answer: all require an explanation. Where was a born? Provo, Utah. Do I EVER want to claim that place? NO! And I only lived there 2 months anyway. Where did I 'grow up' the most? Germany. This results in the...
    Lieselthetraveler Lieselthetraveler 19-21, F 7 Responses Mar 5, 2008

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    Can't Stay Still

    Moving around so much as a kid still affects me even though its been half my life since my ma was retired. I still haven't lived in any one state for more than three and a half years. Don't know why. I guess moving after a certain amount of time in place just got to be a habit...
    vavamama vavamama 26-30, F Jul 10, 2008

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    No... Seriously... I Did...

        Everyone that has ever read my stories will know exactly what my father did to me. (And all those other 142 kids) But what they didn't know is that my dad WAS in the Air Force...     My father did his share of "Good Deeds" but his "Evil Deeds" were way more. For...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 30, 2013

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    My Story!

    My dad was in the Air Force for 21 years, and he recently retired in 2004. - I was born in Moreno Valley, California - When I was 2 weeks old, we flew over to Alabama - Biloxi, Mississippi - When I was about 1½ - 5 I lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado - Moved to Virginia...
    asianinvasion asianinvasion 16-17, F 5 Responses May 31, 2010

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    Vagabonds

    Growing up in the air force was not always easy or fun. My big brother was born in Louisiana. I was born in Alabama and my younger brother was born in Japan. When my dad retired i had just finished 8th grade. Had been to 6 different schools in 4 different countries. It wasnt easy...
    marriedup marriedup 56-60, M Jan 9, 2013

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    I miss military life.

    It's been many years since I lived on base. The smell of paint reminds me of home. If I could redo part of my life, I'd have gone into the Air Force in the 90's.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 28, 2014

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    Me Too! (to Quote E.p.)

    i moved on average about every 2 and a half years.  i had a somewhat less positive view, as i'm a girl who moved for the last time right around her 13th birthday (dad retired).  i felt like i had a hard time fitting in the last time, because i was older and it mattered...
    pandora1999 pandora1999 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 26, 2007

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    Pretty Great Life

    It seems funny now but I was starting high school before I realized that people stayed in the same town most of thier lives.  I thought everyone lived like we did.  We moved on average about every two years.  There was one year when we moved to three different...
    Peabody Peabody 51-55, F 2 Responses Aug 20, 2007

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    It Changes Your Life Forever....

    I grew up on SAC bases for the most part being born in England at Greenham Common in 1956.  We moved to Lincoln, AFB then back to RAF Upper Heyford in the early 60s.  Got to see how tight a base got with security first hand during the Cuban Missile Crisis. ...
    sacbrat sacbrat 51-55, M 4 Responses Jan 2, 2010

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    Never Stayed In One Place For Too Long...

    Growing up I did not know what it was like to stay in the same place. I was born in Orlando, then moved to Arkansas, Maine and finally Georgia. Being an Air Force brat is pretty tough. The hardest part was loosing friends all the time. You would just get a nice group that you...
    weather1965 weather1965 41-45, M Jul 31, 2008

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    I Feel Like I Don't Belong Anywhere

    NOW before I start on the negatives, I want to say that I do not regret the choice my dad made.  It made me who I am today, good and bad.  I can adjust to new situations like nothing.  I can read people easily and I am confident in myself.  People would...
    airforcechild82 airforcechild82 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2009

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    Former Air Force Brat

    My dad was in the Air Force for about 20-21 years or so.  Here's how the "moving timeline" went: I was born in Washington D.C. and lived in Alexandria, Virginia.  Then, we moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Then we moved back to Virginia, but this...
    RainDream7 RainDream7 18-21, F Aug 27, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    So I'm thinking about joining the Air Force and I'm not sure what to do. Should I go to college first and earn a degree first. Or go to the Air Force straight out of high school...
    TheGuy147 TheGuy147 16-17, M 3 Responses Feb 6

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    I am joining the US Air Force, my prospective ship date is this spring. I'm honestly really excited; I think it's the best option I have in my life right now.
    Sammiebaby1016 Sammiebaby1016 18-21, F 11 Responses Feb 20

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    Hi guys! I was hoping someone could answer my question. Do the airmen HAVE to take leave after tech school? He's finishing tech school in April, but we're hoping he can save his...
    hannanicole10 hannanicole10 18-21, F Feb 4

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    Hi guys! I was hoping someone could answer my question. Do the airmen HAVE to take leave after tech school? He's finishing tech school in April, but we're hoping he can save his...
    hannanicole10 hannanicole10 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 4

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    My boyfriend is at lack land for basic he left last week... If anyone has any advice for me I would really appreciate it
    brooklinn17 brooklinn17 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 14

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    Me and my man are 2 weeks into basic training. and we all know it's not easy being away from the one you love! Being a newbie, I'm still learning about this military life that we...
    ashleywarren96 ashleywarren96 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    My boyfriend just swore in. Im so proud of him. Im not at all worried about us breaking up, I just would like some people to ask questions to.
    katjkelley katjkelley 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    When my time and age is right, if I had a choice, I'll stick to being a Navy Marine, because I would do something different from my elders. My parents served the military, my...
    iTetra iTetra 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    My boyfriend is joining the Air Force, active duty, hoping to get into Paving and Construction Equipment (8.5 weeks basic in TX at Lackland and then 10 weeks tech school in MO at...
    belledee64 belledee64 22-25, F Feb 15

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    He just swore in and I couldn't be more proud of him❤️ Can anyone show me places to buy "Air Force Girlfriend" gear?
    katjkelley katjkelley 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I just need to vent. Thanks to all for listening to my rant. I went to my friend's house (I will call her Mary) one evening and sat down on a recliner. I put my purse against...
    MarieLund53 MarieLund53 61-65, F 1 Response Feb 6

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    Yep. I am. My phone stopped working last week and it's only 10 months old but my dad said I can get a new one next week when I see him. Then for my birthday my parents are paying...
    MEGH0119 MEGH0119 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 8

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    You read correctly. I cannot stand many kids because of their rude arrogant behavior I hate kids who are so miserable because they can't have the next iPhone 6 or whatever and they...
    ajrestless ajrestless 22-25, F Feb 21

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    I know that I'm a brat. If I don't get something I want then I'm not happy. :)
    totltorr totltorr 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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