Military Brat Life Blogs

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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Movin’ On

Linda “tells it as it was” to be a Military Brat after World War II and what it was like to live overseas.

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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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Moving Experience

“No, this essay is not about anything relating to moving from place to place. ‘PCS’ is still a term I have firmly implanted into my brain.  That, and my father’s social security number.  As we all remember, for years we were identified by our sponsor’s Social Security Number.  I suppose when you repeat a 9-digit number for the better part of 21 years, it’s hard to get out of your head.”—James Kidd

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My Worst Year As a Brat

Not all Military Brat experiences were great.

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Childhood Adventures in Japan

Living overseas and experiencing different cultures was a big part of the Military Brat experience. Judy shares her memories of Japan.

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Music Strikes the Memory Cord

Music soothes my soul.  It fixes me when I feel broken, but it also transforms me to another time and place. My friends have called me the Rain Man of Music—at least for the 80’s.  It seems like almost any song that comes on the radio I can tell them who sang it and the year that it was popular. What they don’t understand, is that that part of my life is defined by short […]

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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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