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

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 5 19:56:53 UTC 2011

"Diplomatic brat":

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
July 1978.

"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
Cairo ...*

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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