A military brat is a person whose parent(s) served full-time in the
armed forces during the person's childhood. In conventional usage, the
word "brat" is derogatory; in a military context, however, it is
neither a subjective nor a judgmental term. Although the term military
brat is used in other English speaking countries, only the United
States has studied its military brats as an identifiable demographic.
This group is shaped by frequent moves, absence of a parent,
authoritarian family dynamics, strong patriarchal authority, the
threat of parental loss in war, and the militarization of the family
unit. As adults, military brats share many of the same positive and
negative traits developed from their mobile childhoods. Having had the
opportunity to live around the world, military brats often have a
breadth of experiences unmatched by most teenagers. Brats identify
with other highly mobile children—regardless of race, religion,
nationality, or gender—more than they do with non-mobile ones. Many
are typically highly educated, outgoing, and patriotic. They have been
raised in a culture that emphasizes loyalty, honesty, discipline, and
responsibility. Many struggle to develop and maintain deep lasting
relationships, feeling like outsiders to U.S. civilian culture. This
subculture cuts across other cultural identities.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Umayyad troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad landed at Gibraltar, beginning
the Moorish invasion of Iberia.
George Washington took the oath as the first President of the United
States of America at Federal Hall, New York City.
Martin Bormann and Heinz Linge found Adolf Hitler dead in the
The Organization of American States was established in Bogotá,
North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon, ending the Vietnam War.
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