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What its like to be an Army Brat!

Hey Guys! I hope you are all doing good. In this article I'm going to let you people know what it is like to being an army brat i.e a few pros and cons!

Many people now might be thinking what does "Army Brat" means? Let me explain it to you, in my definiation, you are an army brat when one of your parents are in army. I myself am an army brat. Yes my dad is in Army.

This as I'm typing this article feels a very vast topic to write on, so I'll just pick a few list them down and explain it to you all.

To me being an army brat is pride and an honour. You havea lot of fun along the way! Here are a few enlisted points :

1. Posting/ Transfers:

This is a very important part of an army brat's life, be cause after every 2-3 years posting orders come out and the next thing you know is that you are in a new city, new school, new house -in short everything new.Well in addition to this that you have a chance to have a whole new start, you lose all you have and have to move on no matter what in every way but on the bright side you get to live in all the cities of your country.

2. Free Facilities:

Well this factor is the most enjoyable one in an army brat's life, There is a lot of free or almost free (just a little fees) when you are an army brat, from free hospital facilities and medicines to free gym memberships, high class swimming pools, all kinds of sport courts and special jogging tracks to having a discount card and member ships to these special army resturants for which civilains would pay $$$!

3. Living the Dream:

The third point summarises the above two points plus some other leisures enjoyed by the army brats. Its a dream life for people who like to travel or for them who have made mistakes in life and want to "RE-DO" all of it, want to start allover again. Isn't it awesome to have a cook? A shofer? A gardner? And a NCB (simple servant for doing simple chores)? All at once? Not to forget a big house?

Well with the passage of time day by day as your dad gets senior you get to enjoy all of them. I remember when I was in 5th grade, we used to live in a really big house and had all those facilities. I also remember the "Dine-outs" with other officers and their families and the ones in which kids (us) weren't allowed.

4. A unique feeling:

My childhood memories as of being an army brat are roaming around in my dad's "double-cabin" (4x4 truck), seeing my dad saluting his seniors or saluting back his juniors and copying the same and getting saluted at. Taking the pleaseure of pretending to drive all kinds of army trucks, cars, jeeps in the MT or sitting on your dad's seat when he is not there or feeling the rush of shooting a gun in the field and getting praised at for no reason!

All those unique feelings enjoyed by almost every army brat.

5. Losing a loved one:

With all those happy moments when your dad is in army you might even lose him. That is the scariest part. Losing a loved one, a dad, a brother, a husband, a son, an uncle or just a senior officer. You might lose them, there is always a risk... You stay away from them for months and that could turn into forever.

Anyway isn't it a dream life? Well to me it is, its not like everyone gets a chance. I'm going to cherish these awesome moments when I grow up.


Hope you guys enjoyed reading!

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AthenaGoodlight wrote on June 12, 2014, 11:22 AM

You're lucky to be one

Jaffy wrote on June 12, 2014, 11:26 AM

Yeah I think I'm blessed to be one ^_^

IcyBC wrote on June 21, 2014, 7:13 PM

It has its perk, isn't it, but most of all worry for the safety of loved one..