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The military brat lifestyle typically involves moving to new states or countries many times while growing up, as the child's military family is customarily transferred to new non-combat assignments; consequently, many military brats never have a home town. The military brats subculture has emerged over the last years. Studies show that this group is shaped by several forces. A major influence is the fact of frequent moves, as the family follows the military member-parent or in some cases, both parents who are military members who is transferred from military base to military base, each move usually being hundreds or thousands of miles in distance.
Other shaping forces include a culture of resilience and adaptivity, constant loss of friendship ties, a facility or knack for making new friends, never having a hometown, and extensive exposure to foreign cultures and languages while living overseas or to a wide range of regional cultural differences due to living in a variety of different American regions. Additional influences include living in a series of military bases serving as community centers, the pervasive military culture on those bases, the absence of a parent due to deployments, the threat of parental loss in war , stresses associated with the psychological aftermath of war living with war-affected returning veteran parents and the 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.
While some non-military families may share some of these same attributes and experiences, military culture has a much higher incidence and concentration of these issues and experiences in military families as compared to civilian populations, and by tightly-knit military communities that perceive these experiences as normal.
Studies show that growing up immersed in military culture can have long-lasting effects on children, both in positive and also some negative ways. Military bases are often small cities with 10, or more people, and are self-contained worlds where military culture is primary and civilian culture is secondary. Military brats grow up moving from base to base as they follow their parent or parents to new assignments.
Studies show that the culture on military bases is perceived by most current and former military brats as significantly different from civilian culture. Some bases also contain unique features, such as air bases with numerous aircraft and attendant noise, or seaports with large numbers of naval vessels. Balancing this are extensive areas which are more relaxed in character, for on-base housing, shopping, dining, recreation, sports and entertainment, as well as base chapels which host diverse religious services.
Military language also has differences from standard American English and is often peppered with military slang and military acronyms. Although no exact figures are available, the U. Also, not all military brats grow up moving all the time, although many do. Military brats have been studied extensively, both from the perspective of social psychology and as a distinct and unique American subculture, although less so in terms of long-term impact of the lifestyle.
There are also some gaps in studies of more recent post- Cold War -era military brats. Collectively these studies paint a fairly consistent picture of how the lifestyle tends to influence the population on average in various aspects of life. These studies look at overall patterns and individual experiences may vary widely:. Some strong positives that have been identified in studies of military brat populations are a high occurrence of very resilient personalities, exceptional social skills, a high level of multicultural or international awareness, proficiency in foreign languages, and a statistically very strong affinity for careers that entail service to others.
As adults, military brats can share many of the same positive and negative traits identified in other populations that experienced very mobile childhoods. Having had the opportunity to live around the world, military brats can have a breadth of experiences unmatched by most teenagers. On the negative side, studies show that some former military brats struggle to develop and maintain deep, lasting relationships, and can feel like outsiders to U. A significant minority of ex-military brats may exhibit symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder , avoidant personality disorder , separation anxiety disorder , etc.
Although neither a clearly negative or positive trait, studies also show that many adult military brats report difficulty settling down in one geographic location and also report a desire to move relocate every few years; many adult military brats call this "the itch".
Many former military brats report struggling at some point in their lives with issues related to perfectionism and learning how to let go in areas of personal performance perhaps due to the demanding nature of military culture.
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.
A significant percentage of military brats report difficulty in forming strong relations with people or places, but very often do form strong connections with or in some cases aversion to the notion of a military base and the communities in which they find themselves.
To a child growing up on a military base, in a homogeneous culture, the individuality of civilian life was once thought to be completely foreign. However, as the individual children have attended civilian schools near base and socialized with their peers, this perceived difference may have reduced to varying degrees.
Patriotism may come to mean different things for different ex-military brats, but nevertheless figures strongly in the upbringing, language and thinking of many who grew up in military families. The comfort, or sense of restriction, or both that can be found on military bases is not limited to the physical trappings, but can be fortified via some of the consistent rituals common to them.
When moving around the world, these rituals can help brats feel at home in their new community. Even though the faces and geography change, the "base" can remain recognizable because the rituals are often uniform. The underlying principle of these rituals is consistent: to promote patriotism. It has been claimed by Samuel Britten on the basis of anecdotal evidence that life on military bases is associated with comparatively greater patriotic sentiments.
At the end of the business day, on a military installation, the bugle call " To the Color " is played while the flag is lowered. Until recently, [ when? Patriotic ideals often form the basis for church sermons. Protestant and Catholic worship services may include militaristic hymns. Prior to movies at base theaters, patrons and staff stand for the National Anthem and often another patriotic song, such as " God Bless the USA ".
The military family knows that the service person may be killed in the line of duty, but may accept that risk because they understand the values of duty, honor, and country. The mission is one in which the brat shares by extension through his military parent. Military law requires commanding officers and those in authority to demonstrate virtue , honor , patriotism, and subordination in all that they do. While this acronym is relatively new, the ideas it represents have been at the heart of military service for generations.
Similarly, the motto "Duty, honor, country" is the standard of the U. Their strict outward adherence to military values is what separates most from their civilian peers. Children of military personnel often mirror the values, ideals, and attitudes of their parents more than children of civilians. Disciplinary expectations extend beyond the military family. Family members know that their actions and behavior can have a direct impact on the military service member's career.
A military person's career and social identity can be dashed in seconds by a willful or careless child. Research into military brats has consistently shown them to be better behaved than their civilian counterparts. Teenage years are typically a period when people establish independence by taking some risks away from their parents.
When the teenager lives in a "fish-bowl community," a small self-contained community such as a base, challenging boundaries may be more difficult. Brats know that misbehavior or rebellious activity will be reported to their parents. If they grow up overseas or on military bases, they might have limited opportunities to see a wide range of role models in different professions. Strict discipline can have the opposite effect: brats may rebel or behave in adolescent manners well beyond what is normally considered acceptable.
Military life is strictly segregated by rank ;  the facilities provided for officers and enlisted personnel differ dramatically. The officers' housing will generally be more accessible to base activities, larger in size, and better landscaped.
The Officer Clubs are more elegant than the Enlisted Clubs. Officers have cleaner, more elaborate recreational facilities than their enlisted counterparts. Historically, base chapels and movie theaters would have designated seating for officers and their families.
For a part of the 20th century, some bases had two Boy Scout and two Girl Scout troops—one for officer children and one for enlisted children. These differences are not merely external, but a core aspect of military life. The separation by rank has the intended purpose of maintaining military discipline among service members. According to the U. Uniform Code of Military Justice, it can be illegal for an officer to fraternize with an enlisted person because it would erode the military hierarchy.
This is often conveyed to the children of military personnel. Two brats whose parents have a subordinate-supervisory relationship can cause problems for both their parents.
To a lesser degree, military classism also includes the branch of service to which the military parent belongs. If asked to name "the best branch of service," military brats will almost invariably name the one to which their parent belonged.
They will be able to articulate many reasons why "their" branch of the service is the best. These biases are maintained well past the time they cease to be military dependents. When brats grow up, these boundaries are replaced by a shared identity based upon that of being a military brat.
While a class hierarchy is reflected in stratified housing structures, military classism differs from traditional class structures in some significant ways — namely, schooling and access to quality healthcare. Children of military personnel attend the same base schools regardless of rank, creating peer cultures that are usually not class-based, and providing equal access to educational resources.
Similarly, all military personnel receive the same quality of healthcare by the same providers. In , nearly 20 years before the civil rights movement swept through the non-military segments of U. It outlawed segregation in the military and made it illegal, per military law, to make a racist remark. When families go overseas, minority students rarely experience overt racism from their expatriate neighbors.
The bonds of the military community are normally seen by military dependents as being stronger bonds than the differences of race. Military brats grow up in a setting that actively condemns racist comments.
This results in brats who "aren't just non-racist, but anti-racist. Because military brats are constantly making new friends to replace the ones that they have lost,    they are often more outgoing and independent.
The brat learns to adapt quickly to fit into this ever-changing environment. Highly mobile children are more likely to reach out to a new student, because they know what it is like to be the new student.
Recent studies show that, although brats move on average every 3 years, they do not grow accustomed to moving. Rather than develop problem-solving skills, there is a temptation to simply leave a problem without resolving it. Moving during the summer months can be challenging. Social groups become even more difficult to break into, and activities that the student enjoyed may be barred to him or her. For example, an athlete may not be able to join his or her sport because they missed tryouts and the season had already begun.
Students and teachers often interact in a more social manner with one another. When returning to civilian schools, the lack of camaraderie with the faculty can be an unexpected obstacle for many highly mobile families.
Military brats have lower delinquency rates, higher achievement scores on standardized tests , and higher median IQs than their civilian counterparts. Brats move frequently between bases in the United States and typically spend at least three years abroad. Sociologist Morten Ender conducted the largest scientific study to date exclusively on career military brats those who had at least one parent in the military from birth through high school.
He interviewed and sent questionnaires to over brats who belonged to various brat organizations and responded to his newspaper and internet ads. They averaged eight moves before graduating from high school and spent an average of seven years in foreign countries.
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The military brat lifestyle typically involves moving to new states or countries many times while growing up, as the child's military family is customarily transferred to new non-combat assignments; consequently, many military brats never have a home town. The military brats subculture has emerged over the last years. Studies show that this group is shaped by several forces. A major influence is the fact of frequent moves, as the family follows the military member-parent or in some cases, both parents who are military members who is transferred from military base to military base, each move usually being hundreds or thousands of miles in distance. Other shaping forces include a culture of resilience and adaptivity, constant loss of friendship ties, a facility or knack for making new friends, never having a hometown, and extensive exposure to foreign cultures and languages while living overseas or to a wide range of regional cultural differences due to living in a variety of different American regions.
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