Query: "military brat" prior to 1981? (UNCLASSIFIED)
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Thu May 5 19:56:53 UTC 2011
Immortal Man In 20 Years? By Kay Bartlett (AP). The News and Courier. Mar
19, 1978. p. 11-E/2
[F. M. Esfandiary]
> The Iranian-born philosopher, whose mother chose to possess him about
40-45 years ago--his description of motherhood--had lived in 10 to 15
countries by the time he was 15. A global diplomatic brat, as it were, Daddy
being in the corps.
The same piece appeared in a number of other papers in GNA from March to
"Foreign service brat":
Maps That Aren't for Getting Somewhere. By Jane Margolies. New York Times.
Mar 29, 1990. p.
> Mrs. Globus, whose name means globe in German and who collects globes, said
> her own passion for maps came from moving around as ''a Foreign Service
> brat'' and reading National Geographic.
"State Department brat":
The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution : `The Red Fox' is...
> Pay-Per-View - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - NewsBank - Sep 1, 1985
> ... comfortably in Canada with his adopted daughter May May was once in
> love with Robert Thorne a freelance journalist and State Department brat who
> happens ...
Pay-Per-View - Chicago Tribune - ProQuest Archiver - Jun 15, 1986
When Tom Logan was a 13-year-old State Department brat up in Caio, where his
father was with the Agency for International Development, he visited the
TERRORIST IN THE FAMILY. By Robert Stone. New York Times. March 15, 1987. p.
> Now in his mid-20's, Bill Jr. lives in West Germany, the scene of his
> father's next assignment. He's as at home in Germany as anywhere else, a
> bilingual State Department brat.
On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 3:23 PM, Michael McKernan <mckernan51 at gmail.com>wrote:
> Since 1962-1965, when I first became one myself, I've been aware that
> children of (US) Foreign Service Officers have been self-referent as
> "foreign service brats." I believe this usage is still current, and common
> among both fsbs and FSOs. Seems likely to me that it followed "military
> brat" rather than vice versa. (At overseas posts, there were both fsbs and
> mbs, since there was usually a US military "mission" connected with each
> embassy. Overall, mbs should greatly outnumber fsbs, since the US Foreign
> Service has always been much smaller than the US military--which has also
> had overseas and domestic bases much larger than any diplomatic outposts.)
> I don't have a print citation for fsb from the 60s, but suppose that they
> shouldn't be too hard to find, since as I remember it, the term was
> well-established then.
> Michael McKernan
> Benson, Arizona
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