Some people think that growing up as a military child is easy, fun, and fulfilling. Well, while this may be the case, it is not always a walk on the park, but I cannot deny that I really enjoyed being one. However, I spent a lifetime answering the question, “where are you from?” with a very long pause…trying to figure out which answer is the most suitable for that particular person. Do I say “everywhere?” do I give the longer version, “well, I am an air force child and I grew up overseas and moved to the states when I was a teenager?” or do I go to the accurate long version and explain the different states, countries, and different cultures that ended up confusing me at some point?
Being a military child is not a choice, it is a lifestyle that you are born into depending on the choices that your parents make and one has to cope with it. Regardless of all these confusion, benefits of being a military child include:
Experience and adoption of diversity
On average, military children move more than their civilian counterparts. For this reason, they encounter numerous cultures and experiences that help them appreciate the diversity in the world.
Proficiency in language learning
Kids are language sponges when young. When they grow up overseas, they can easily p8ick up a second language fluently. The problem comes when you move to another state. However, even if the military child forgets the second language, having learnt it helps their brain become more receptive to picking a new language when they grow up. I grew up speaking English and German and I can speak both even for today.
Adaptability to new environments
As stated above, military children move more than civilian children. This means that apart from engaging gin diverse ideas and cultures, these kids constantly make new friends and accumulate to new places. It can be hard and stressful at first, but overtime, these kids pick up a very crucial skill, adaptability, which in turn helps them through ion school, work place, and life in general.
Even if the life was not similar to other kids, I cannot regret having grown up in the military for there was so much to enjoy.