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The Military Kid

Callie – Age 8

Having a parent in the military means sometimes my Dad has to go on long trips. It can be hard because there is only one parent at home, and I miss him all the time. Being a military kid has taught me to be more independent, even though we have to move a lot, but I still make friends in every place. My Dad helps people all over the world, and it means that he needs to go to different places to do that. Being a military kid means that my Dad helps people and me. Sometimes I get to go visit my Dad while he is on those trips. He goes to really cool places like Texas, Africa, South America, and South Carolina. At the end of his trips, he comes and gives me a big hug, and after his trip he gives me souvenirs too!

What Being the Child of Someone in the Military Means to Me

Taylor – Age 9

To me, being a child of someone in the military is REALLY cool. My dad is in the Air Force, and he is a loadmaster. I get to go to his work and eat snacks! But it can also be hard sometimes when he gets deployed- but that is ok. The odd thing is that he cannot say the word “green” because it means it is time to jump out or something, so he always replaces it with “lime” or “grinch” (Grinch is what he is, not gonna lie.) No matter how hard I try to get him to say green, he will not say it! I am thinking of bribing him soon to hear him say the word, even though I know it will not work. When Dad does get deployed, Mom and I have this thing where we count how many days he will be deployed in M & Ms. My favorite are the green (Lime/grinch) M&Ms. My dad has a lot of patches on his uniform, and I like reading them. When my friends say, “My dad is a scientist.” Or, “My dad is an office worker.” I feel proud to say, “Well, my dad is a loadmaster in the Air Force.”. I call Dad almost every day, and I try to remember not to do a Facetime with his “deployment mustache” and everything. Seriously, that thing is ugly as heck! Eventually, he shaved “Statche.” Now, I can talk to him WITHOUT his deployment mustache! Again, it feels amazing to know that dad is helping people inside, and outside the country, and thinking of what he does for a living, makes me want to be in the Air Force when I grow up.

What is a Hero?

Cullen—Age 9

Being a kid with parents in the military has many ups and downs to it. One good thing is you can see and do things other people can’t do like going on a behind the scenes tour of really cool airplanes or running around the backyard wearing night vision goggles. Some people see my dad as a hero, but he is not the kind of hero that can fly (well he can in his airplane) and wear capes and has superpowers. And his uniform is not as cool. I guess being a military family means that everyone in my family has a secret superpower. My dad works really hard to help people all over the world. My mom works really hard as a teacher AND makes sure to take care of me and my sister by herself a lot! My sister is really good at annoying everyone except for my dad. I try to be really good at helping out around the house when my dad is gone. I mow the yard, read to my sister and help cook sometimes. Even though this is hard, it’s pretty cool too. But many hard things come too, like moving a lot and sometimes he misses celebrations like birthdays and parties and sometimes he can go to different places for a long time and we are not able to talk to him. So it can be fun and sad to have parents in the military. But I still would not want things to be different (well maybe he could be home more). I am really proud of my dad and what he does. I want to do it too someday. At one point in time, my dad was a kid like you and me. But now he’s a hero in a green suit taking care of you and me.

“It’s Fine”

Mariah- Age 17

One year I’m with you.

One year in Washington.

5 months in Connecticut.

Now, we are stationed in Virginia.

Babysitters.

Spending a night at a friend’s house,

Night with strange family– and a dog,

Night with babysitter– again.

Grandma finds out.

Now I am alone without you– with my grandparents.

You visit on weekends,

Spend holidays with me.

But it’s never enough.

It’s fine, you’re protecting our country.

It’s fine, I’ll see you next weekend.

Most people don’t get it.

I can’t ask you if you are not here, so–

“Can I put my grandma’s name instead?”

It’s fine, just life as a military child.

It’s fine, just me missing you.

American Forces Travel