Query: "military brat" prior to 1981? (UNCLASSIFIED)

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Thu May 5 18:09:18 UTC 2011

Quoting victor steinbok <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM> (much snipped):
> I've never heard children of enlisted men refer to
> themselves as "X brat", only children of officers--of course, it could mean
> that I don't know enough brats or it could mean that the there is an actual
> distinction (the length of a career in the military seems to be the deciding
> factor, especially when combined with the itinerant nature of the service).

My father was a career NCO in the Army, and we - his five children - all
referred to ourselves as Army brats.

Jim Parish
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