When did the term “Military Brat” start becoming offensive? I have read and seen many replies from readers in regards to not liking the term “brat”. I personally was not raised in the military, but I do have two military brats myself and I don’t find the term offensive in any way. If anything I find it cute and rather appropriate for military children. Want to know why? Do you know the history of where this term originated?
A “Military Brat” is a term for a person whose parent has served full-time in the armed forces during the person’s childhood. In conventional usage, the word “brat” used alone may be pejorative, especially in the American culture, however, “military brat” is often not considered to be a derogatory term (and may in fact be seen as a term of endearment). The term BRAT came from the British Army. When a member of the British Army was assigned abroad and could take his family, the family went with the member in a status entitled: BRAT status. This status stands for: British Regiment Attached Traveler. Over the years, it was altered to refer only to the children of the military member. Not only did this term stick, but was adopted world-wide. Hence why it is the popular term for our military children today. So see, no derogatory meaning there. 🙂
So, even after finding out this little tidbit, do you still find this term offensive? Why? Let us know in the comments below!