Date: Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 3:47pm
"Living the life of an 'Army Brat' has its ups and downs. You make many amazing friends that become your family, they understand everything you're going through; these friends can also be taken away from you so quickly."
When your parents are in the Army you are moved around quite regularly. This made it extremely difficult for me to make friends. I was always waiting for the moment I had to say goodbye to them, because either one of us would move away.
The friends you do make stick with you for life. It doesn't matter how far apart you are from one another and how long you don't talk, you can always pick up the conversation where you left off. I have ended up with friends all over the world. Thanks to social media, I get to keep in contact with all my friends and get to watch their adventures while they move around.
After spending 9 years as an Army Child, my dad had to leave the army and my life completely changed. I found it difficult starting in a completely different environment; everyone was different and i felt like i had nothing in common with anyone. I have lived in Warwickshire since my dad left the Army.
Getting used to not moving around was difficult, however it has pushed me to travel and see new things.
The two lives are completely different, they both have their ups and downs and i have met some amazing people along the way.
Working at British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) has helped me still have that bond with the Military. It also means i can help Ex Forces who are going through the same transition my family and I went through. It's such a good feeling when you know you've done your job, and have helped so many other people with their new starts. Even if it's just giving them the information they need or helping them find a new job, it's all worth it in the end!
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