A Military Brat is anyone who grew up in a military family and typically has moved from military installation to another, with one or both parents being “career” military, serving 10 to 30 years (or more) in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard. A Military Brat’s early years are shaped by military culture and norms.
That being said, every Military Brat’s family experience is very different and the above explanation is meant to be a general definition.
Why are Military Brats different?
Many Military Brats grow up within the world of the military, on military installations (posts and bases), many of which are self-sufficient and generaly isolated from the city, state or country they are located within.
Living within a disciplined world and being subjected to frequent moves during early years has a profound affect on children.
Military Brats learn to adapt to new surroundings quickly. Making new friends and then leaving them behind is routine.
Unfortunately Military Brats often find it difficult to live in the world of civilians after their parents retire from the service.
Military Brat essays
If you are new to the term “Military Brats”, and wish to read more about the subject, please read the following articles:
- Military Brat, by Debbie Adams
- We Thought We Were Normal, by Michelle Batson
- What is a Military Brat? by Vann Baker
If you are interested to learn what it was like for individuals, this website contains over a large number of blogs, covering life from the end of World War II until more recent times.