Military Brat Life Blogs

Being An Army Brat

“Being an Army Brat, what does that exactly mean?”

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Jackson is a Crazy Cat

We have to contend with a strange animal for a year.

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From Mannheim, Germany to El Paso, Texas, USA

This article is about moving from Germany to the USA and adjusting to a totally different place and the problems Military Brats face with being the “new” kid in school.

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Developing Bargain Hunting Skills

Military posts are often thought of as places where rough, scrappy civilians are turned into lean, mean, fighting machines.

But military posts are also where Military Brats learned the value of a dollar and how to stretch a dollar using shrewd bargain hunting skills taught by their parents.

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Columbus, Georgia—Military town and “home”

Where there is a military post or base, you will find a military town. Sometimes there is a love-hate relationship between the “townies” and the military, but one thing is for sure: military towns are where many career military men and women retire, and paydays guarantee towns ongoing economic prosperity. And, for many Military Brats, military towns become “home”, even if you are not born there.

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Strangers in Our Own Family

Moving frequently and living far away from family made keeping up with our own extended families difficult. Jim shares his own observations with us.

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On The Road Again

” Some times, the moves came as a sort of salvation, delivering me from boredom; other times delivering me from a feeling of strangulation with the same old life.”

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How “Fort Knox” – The Comic Strip – Got Its Start

Behind every comic strip there is a cartoonist, and behind Fort Knox, is Paul Jon Boscacci. Living the life of a Military Brat has given him rich experiences to literally draw upon for his Fort Knox characters, and in this article, Jon tells us what got him started, and how we all can help keep him going!

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Dear United States Army

We often talk about the places we lived and what we experienced, but in this letter, Pete gives thanks to the U.S. Army who made his Military Brat experience possible.

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Staying In One Place

“. . . From that day and until some day in the distant future, I will live in the same place.”

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Christmas Time in Deutschland

Remembering Christmases from my childhood at Landstuhl Germany with our German friends for six years.

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Culture Shock

While Military Brats do adapt to new schools, countries and cultures—they have to—it is a difficult process and hard to forget.

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Immunizations

While I loved to travel overseas, getting our shot records up to date before leaving was . . . a pain—in the arm.

I my first encounter with the “shot doctor” before going to Germany in 1962. It would not be my last.

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Baseball

Regardless of where you were stationed, Baseball was a part of growing up as Military Brat. Bill shares with us his learning about baseball from his caree Air Force father.

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The Praying Mantis

My true life encounter with a praying mantis while living in an off-base housing area in the Philippines during the Cold War.

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