PV: Growing up in a military family can be tough

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Ava Normandin

Alexis Keefe

Alexis Keefe, Staff Reporter

My dad is a lab tech in the Army and I have been growing up with military parents my entire life. There are many things that get in the way with everyday life, but to me it is normal because I have had to deal with it for so long.

Growing up in a military family can be stressful. There are many things to worry about, from parents having to work late to even deploying. One of the other big things about being in a military family is moving. I have had to move three different times. I was born in Germany, then moved to Washington State where I lived for most of my life, then I moved  to Japan for a short period of time, and now I live in San Antonio. I think the hardest part is having to move schools, especially during Junior High because it is hard to come from a school where you had many friends, and knew everyone, to coming to a school where everything is new and you don’t know anyone.

In my opinion, being in a military family means that you have to go through a lot of stuff for your family and that it gets hard, weather it be moving, or having a family member deploy, or anything that might happen. There are a lot of times where my dad has had to stay late and doesn’t get home until midnight or even later.

I think being a part of a military family has made me stronger because you have to deal with a lot of things that normal family wouldn’t have to deal with. Some of these things might include having family members away from home for months or years at a time, or moving. Also I think some military parents are more strict or more lenient than others which  really makes a difference on how different people grow up and perceive how military families work.