Life as a military dependent has its own unique sets of advantages and disadvantages, but all of us brats share some unique experiences that civilian families just won't get. Here are some of them.
Never quite unpacking completelyGiphy
There's honestly no telling what is in those boxes that are filling up your garage. Maybe old toys, artwork you did when you were six, that skateboard you rode once, fell off of, and never looked at again. When you move every 2-4 years, the process of packing and unpacking all of your belongings can feel like way more work than its worth, so boxes are almost always guaranteed to be hiding in various closets and storage spaces around the house.
Chilling at the USO during a flight layover
Everything. Is. Free. Coffee, tea, bagels, freshly baked muffins, ghirardellhi chocolates. I have spent several hours during layovers around the country and it is one of the most convenient military perks.
Having friends from all over the countryUnited States of America
Moving around so much, you've made connections. Your snapchat bitmoji map is probably covered with people from all the places you've lived, and you can't wait for the day your friends from one part of the country meet your friends from the another. You've learned to get along with a variety of personalities and cultures and its honestly the best.
Shopping at the commissary
This is your mother's favorite shopping center, and understandably so. Your family likely took long trips just to find the nearest one and buy everything in bulk, and you didn't mind it, because during Halloween they sold hug bags of the good candy like Reese's and Hershey's for $5. God bless America.
Spending copious amounts of time doing homework on base
Odds are you've spent a ton of time on base with your parent, and when you're in school that oftentimes meant you had to do your homework on a ship or in the offices. It was always kind of cold but it was a productive atmosphere, and there's always free food or drinks hiding somewhere.
The sheer joy you had when you got your first military ID
It was like a step into adulthood. Did it really change anything? No. Did you feel like the coolest kid on the block afterwards? Definitely. The next time you went on base you couldn't wait for the person manning the gate to ask for IDs and hand them yours.
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