1a : child; specifically : an ill-mannered annoying child <a spoiled brat>
1b : an ill-mannered immature person
2: the child of a career military person <army brats>; also : the child of a person whose career is in a specified and typically unusual field <Hollywood brats>
brat·ti·ness play\ˈbra-tē-nəs\ noun
brat·tish play\ˈbra-tish\ adjective
brat·ty play\-tē\ adjective
Merriam-Webster has a definition for BRAT. Which definition resonates with you depends on your upbringing. Most people will take offense at the moniker BRAT.
As for me, and for millions more around the world, BRAT is a well-earned tag. An Article by Michael M. Dunn explained the origin of the word BRAT. The answer is in a 1921 publication. BRAT, according to Dunn, is a status first used by the British Army, not a person. BRAT, or British Regiment Attached Traveler, was used to identify a family member traveling with a service member on deployment. And the term stuck.
Today, there are millions around the globe that proudly wear the tag of BRAT. These children of military personnel did not choose this status, but most would never seek to change it. The families of service members serve alongside their parents, husbands, and wives. They learn to say goodbye at an early age and understand the meaning of honor and service.
April is BRAT month. If you meet a BRAT in April, tell them thank you.
Support our BRATS today. Please donate to the National Military BRATs Day Fund and tell your congressman to dedicate April to our BRATs.