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What does army brat mean?
An army brat is the child of someone (usually an officer) serving full-time in the army or another branch of the military, especially a child who grew up living on military bases.
The word brat usually refers to a poorly behaved child, but its use in army brat doesn’t carry any of the negative meaning—it just refers to a kid. There is a culture surrounding army brats, since they share childhood experiences that are unlike many others, especially if they moved from place to place.
Example: Michael credits his grasp of several languages to a childhood spent as an army brat moving around to different military bases.
Where does army brat come from?
The origin of army brat is uncertain, but its first recorded uses come from the 1930s. The word brat in the phrase has been linked to the acronym for British Regiment Attached Traveler, but there’s little evidence that this is the origin of the word. Records of brat meaning “a rotten kid” go back to the 1500s.
The life of an army brat is often characterized by numerous moves, perhaps 10 or more times during a childhood due to their parent or parents being transferred to different locations. Another aspect is growing up on military bases, which comes with the challenge of having to balance military life and culture with civilian (nonmilitary) life. The term can be used for children whose parents are in branches of the military other than the army. However, army is sometimes substituted for another specific branch, as in air force brat. Army brats often self-identify as such and are proud of the label, especially when sharing their experiences with other army brats.
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How is army brat used in real life?
Army brat is the most common term for a child of a military officer who has grown up living on bases. When used by army brats themselves, it’s typically used as a source of pride.
I’m an army brat and was raised in Military towns. I’ve spent the larger part of my life seeing friends and family leave for Iraq, Afghanistan, et al. It’s terrifying and it won’t stop. Because there’s money in it. They promise 18 year old kids the world in the name of “freedom”
— Krystina Arielle 🦖 @veiledalliance premieres 2/11 (@KrystinaArielle) January 4, 2020
Tawny Chatmon is a self taught artist who has been working in the field of photography for the past 16+ years. Born in Tokyo, growing up an ‘army brat’
Beyond the talented & awarded photographer is a real artist with a style of her own using diverse media with stunning results pic.twitter.com/93PJ177tTZ
— Hugh Ardoin (@hughardoin) November 22, 2019
Loved this drama not because I am an army brat but because it shows what it's like to belong to an army family, to have friends from civil and how you have to leave them one day! #Ehd_e_wafa you showed every middle class family to elite one brilliantly!
— Sara Rehman👻⚡ (@sarafoodilish) February 3, 2020
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Is army brat used correctly in the following sentence?
My grandfather was in the military, so I consider myself an army brat.