Dating a military brat

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For example, time is measured in 24 hours rather than 12 hour segments as in the civilian world, and distances are often described in meters and kilometers (or "Clicks" in military slang) instead of yards or miles.

These feelings of difference can also be made more complex by virtue of having absorbed varying degrees of overseas cultures and also different regional American cultures while living in different places as a part of the military brat lifestyle.

Paradoxically, a majority of those very same military brats who report having struggled with perfectionism and performance control issues also describe themselves as being successful in their lives, indicating a resilience that also surfaces in overcoming or learning to manage those issues in the long run.

Overall a majority of military brats report having developed a kind of extra-adaptability and assimilate into new situations quickly and well, as they have done with each move to a new military base, town or country.

There are also some gaps in studies of more recent (post cold-war era) military brats.

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War-related family stresses are also a commonly occurring part of military brat life .

Studies show that this group (on average) is shaped by frequent moves (as the family follows the soldier-parent who is transferred from military base to military base, each move usually being hundreds or thousands of miles in distance), a culture of resilience and adaptivity, constant loss of friendship ties, a facility or knack for making new friends, never having a hometown, extensive exposure to foreign cultures and languages while living overseas, as well as exposure to a wide range of regional cultural differences due to living in a variety of different American regions, a series of military bases serving as community centers, pervasive military culture on those bases, absence of a parent due to deployments, authoritarian family dynamics, strong patriarchal authority, threat of parental loss in war, stresses associated with the psychological aftermath of war (living with war-affected returning veteran parents) and militarization of the family unit (children being treated to some degree like soldiers and being subjected to military regimentation, inculcation into a warrior code of honor and service, frequent exposure to patriotic ideas and symbols, experience of free medical care, and military discipline).

Military brats also get completely free medical care until their soldier-parent leaves the service (without a full combat related disability) or they reach the age of 21 or age 23 (depending on the parents branch of service) if enrolled in college full-time.

Studies show (overall) that growing up immersed in military culture can have long-lasting effects on children, both in positive and also some negative ways.

Two military brats shopping at the "commissary", the word for a supermarket located on a military base.

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