BRATs Cherish Their Culture
As children growing up in a military family, we cherished the culture and pride of our military parents and longed for the day when we would join them in their service to our country. Researchers used terms like resilient and self-regulating to describe the children growing up in a military family. Researchers have agreed that Military BRATs (British Regiment Attached Traveler) often have higher academic achievement and emotional well-being than their civilian counterparts.
War has taken a toll
Fifteen years of continuous war has taken a toll on these brave families. A Department of Defense Report issued in 2010 stated that “over 2.1 million American men and women in uniform have deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Of those Service members, approximately 100,000 — 44 percent — are parents.”
BRATs take on more responsibility
Children, according to the same report, often take on more responsibility at home, and may respond with declining performance in school and behavioral problems. Military BRATs live in what Kathee Miller called “a closed, authoritarian, patriarchal organization.” In this self-contained world, Miller said, the families live, shielded from the cultural events of their time. In Life On Base: Quantico Cave, this environment is likened to a biodome, a world American’s now describe as the Third Culture.
April is BRAT month and April 30th BRAT day. Reach out to a military family near you and tell them thank you.
“Children of the world, blown to all corners of the world, we bloom anywhere!” ~Military BRAT’s Motto