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Military brat

A military brat (colloquial or military slang) is the child of a person in the military. Military brats are associated with a unique subculture and cultural identity. A military brat's childhood or adolescent life may be immersed in military culture to the point where the mainstream culture of their home country may seem foreign or peripheral. In a number of countries (but not all) where there are military brat subcultures, the child's family moves great distances from one non-combat assignment to another for much of their youth. For highly mobile military brats, a mixed cultural identity often results, due to exposure to numerous national or regional cultures.

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The simple question "where are you from?" is often the most daunting thing to ask a military brat. Every time it happens to me, I struggle to come up with a good response. It makes us wonder if we should say where we were born, where our family was born, where we lived the longest or where we live now.

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Instead of calling a small convenience store by it's actual name, a military brat will call it a shoppete. Because that's whats on base and what a brat is used to.

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