Military Brat Life Blogs

AFN Midnight In Europe – 1960s

In the early 1960’s I used to go to bed and listen to my grandfathers old valve radio through a set of very large headphones. After realising that the signal on 208 meters (Radio Luxembourg) drifted off station on medium wave on a regular basis, I roamed the airwaves and found AFN ( American Forces Network ) which had a much stronger signal. The music was completely different, and I found myself enjoying the sounds […]

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Military Brats Today

On a basic level, the difference between Military Brats from past decades is about the same.  Military Brats still must move from base to base, sometimes overseas, and Military Brats still have to cope with making new friends and leaving friends behind. What has changed in a big way is coverage of wars and repeated deployments to Iraq and Afganistan. And in some cases, having two parents deployed at the same time is a harsh […]

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Summers on the Mediterranean

Life in a military family gave us many rich experiences, making all the moves worthwhile.

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C-Rations and Alerts

No home, or “quarters” as they were called in the U.S. Army, was complete without a case of C-Rations, and periodic alerts keep us ready for what we hoped would never happen.

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Quonset Huts

For some Military Brats, living quarters were very different from mainstream Americans. Quonset Huts were used for housing, school rooms, mess halls, storage and more. This article is a history of the Quonset Hut, an American icon.

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Military Chapels

Every military post or base had a PX, Commissary, Hospital or Clinic, Library, Theater—and a chapel.

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Living on the Economy Overseas

“Most of the places we lived overseas we lived on the economy before moving on base. The one exception was Japan. We went to Japan in 1948, not long after the war, and dependents were not allowed to accompany the men there. We had to wait for a house on the base. Dad went 8 months before us.  It took that long to get a house.”

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Foxy Lady

A Jimi Hendrix Memoir.

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Home

Where is home anyway?

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Where is Home?

Many brats struggle with “where is home?” Lisa gives us her perspective.

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Please Stand By . . .

Jim takes us down memory lane with his essay about those words most of us remember well, “Please stand by.”

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Military Life, Isn’t It Grand?

“Where else can you get a real education in life, meet interesting people and learn all you’ll ever need to know to become an adult?”

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Cult?

My mother hates when I say this, but sometimes I think life on a military base is like life in a Cult. Now please don’t take that wrong! I don’t mean we should all wear matching robes and the same kind of sneaker that will help us walk in space when “they” come for us…drink the same funky Kool-aid or anything. I loved growing up in the military and would not change that for anything […]

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Goodby Daddy!

Saying goodbye does not get easier over time.

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Christmas in Mannheim, Germany

Christmas in a foreign land can be fun—if the family is together.

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