A Military Brat is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what the name implies]]: someone who grew up with at least [[DadTheVeteran one parent in the military]]. Sometimes both parents. Tends to crop up a lot in [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks American]] series and works of fiction, particularly in times of RealLife conflicts when it can potentially make for a RealitySubtext, dealing with issues than many military brats might be experiencing in RealLife when their parents deploy.

In fiction, if a character has this as a backstory, you can expect at least one of the following to have affected him or her in some way:
* Having a very tough, conservative or strict upbringing;
* Frequent moves and [[ParentalAbandonment parental absences;]]
* Sometimes a parent (often [[MenAreTheExpendableGender the father]]) will have died in some war.
* Lived on a base in a foreign country during their formative years, giving them an excuse for knowing an obscure foreign language or local custom.
* Or alternatively, having lived in a part of the U.S. where there is a lot of military infrastructure/installations - which almost invariably means the DeepSouth, [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]] or UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, and never one of the other innumerable places in the US with large military installations (e.g. Fort Dix in UsefulNotes/NewJersey or, um, pretty much the entire city of San Diego, CA).

While there is definitely a TruthInTelevision aspect to this trope, it's important to note that:

* The US military contains several million people at any given time.
* The five branches each have their own unique cultures.
* Being the child of an officer is different from being the son/daughter of a non-com or an ordinary enlisted man or woman.
* Military culture changes over time. The US military today is not like it was during Vietnam, which was nothing like it was before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.[[note]]Not least because the USA only had a skeleton-army up until 1940, with less than a hundred thousand troops available defend a country of 150 million. This would've been unimaginable for a country with enemies - 1913 Russia had maintained a standing army of a million, for instance. The tiny size and low mobility of the USA's army actually made Canada's defense plan in the event of a US invasion of Canada - a rapid motorised-cavalry offensive to take key transport hubs like Seattle, Chicago, New York, etc - workable.[[/note]]
* Despite the super-conformity image the military has, the people who serve in the military (and their families) still remain individuals with distinctive personalities.

Used often in war movies to explain [[GenerationXerox why a character enlisted]]; the most common sub-explanation of this is that [[WellDoneSonGuy he wants to make]] [[SoProudOfYou his mother/father proud]]. A MilitaryBrat may have [[HeroicLineage a child who is, himself]] a Military Brat.

See also CircusBrat, which is sort of the opposite. Is ''never'' a SpoiledBrat, and dislikes parents who raise children such. PreachersKid often share features with this trope.

A related but markedly less badass version of this (which rarely appears in fiction) are the Foreign Service brats, whose childhoods were generally twisted by hopping around the world behind their parents. The same holds true for children of spies (said children, however, usually think that the parent is actually in the Foreign Service, some other government department, or occasionally some international corporation).

Naturally comes equipped with DadTheVeteran, even if it was Mom.

In many countries this trope interleaves heavily with BlueBlood. Armed forces are the traditional career choice of aristocracy, and even today the children of old families of nobility are grossly over-represented in European and Asian forces.

This trope is also OlderThanTheyThink. Wiki/TheOtherWiki calls American Military Brats a "200 year old subculture". As mentioned, this changed throughout history, but most troops have historically had "Camp Followers" which were made up of the wives and children of the fighting forces, often serving in important behind the lines rolls such as cooks, nurses, and errand runners. The most famous were probably those families that followed their husbands in [[UsefulNotes/RevolutionaryWar Valley Forge]], which would make Military Brats in the United States an older culture than the country proper.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/BreakBlade'''s Girge is an [[AxCrazy ax-crazed]] BloodKnight example.
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** Quintessential anime example: Misa Hayase from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', as well as her counterpart Lisa Hayes from ''{{Anime/Robotech}}''.
** Mylene of ''Anime/Macross7'', due to her father being commander of Macross 7's military forces (and her mother being a former {{Proud Warrior Race G|uy}}al AcePilot in her own right).
** Hayate of ''Anime/MacrossDelta'', who had a military pilot father and an army medic mother.
* Very common in ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series.
** The Zabi family in the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam original series]].
** Kamille Bidan in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]''.
** The Ronahs in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]]''.
** Mariemaia Barton/Khushrenada in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Gundam: Endless Waltz]]''. [[spoiler:If she ''is'' indeed Trieze's daughter.]]
** Athrun Zala, Nicol Amalfi, Dearka Elsman, Yzak Joule and Natarle Badgiruel from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]''.
** Talia Gladys' son in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''.
** Andrei Smirnov and Billy Katagiri in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''. Feldt Grace and Mileina Vashti can count as Paramilitary brats.
** Asemu Asuno from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Gundam AGE]]''.
* Kents in ''Anime/GingaHyouryuuVifam''.
* A very common background in most Mecha Anime. In many cases, it reflects on their character's personality and career choices. An example of this would be [[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Ryoko Subaru]] and her heavy focus on a military career.
* In a rare MagicalGirl example, many from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', including the second and third generation Harlaowns, two of the six Nakajima sisters (the others being adopted in their teens), Vivio Takamachi, etc. Most of them end up perusing careers in the military as well. Although, with the exception of Fate and Chrono, all of them were introduced after the series made the GenreShift to MilitaryScienceFiction (and Fate is downplayed since Lindy entered semi-retirement after adopting her).
* Misaki from ''Anime/DivergenceEve''. After her father dies in battle she joins to find out what he found in the military.
** Suzanna also joins to follow the family tradition.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': Rio Urawa, Ami's temporary love interest [[spoiler: and the human reincarnation of one of the Seven Great Yoma]] is one of these, hence why he's not around for long.
* Noriko Takaya in ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}''.
* In ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'', Rize's father is a high-ranking military officer, which is the reason of her CrazySurvivalist tendencies.
* In ''Manga/NewGame'', as Umiko grew up in Okinawa where there is a large amount of US military presence, she gets a liking to anything gun-related. She even gives Aoba a used shotgun shell as a peace offering.

* ComicBook/LoisLane from most continuities of ''{{Superman}}''.
** Post [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] anyway. Prior to that she was a farm girl with an upbringing very similar to Clark Kent's.
** Her sister Lucy even more so, since she continues with the whole military thing into her adult life.
* ComicBook/BettyRoss from the Hulk comics. Her relationship to Bruce Banner becomes very complicated due to the fact that her father General Ross is constantly hunting him.
** Her father [[ComicBook/RedHulk General Thunderbolt Ross]] as well, his father Alexander Ross was in the army too.
*** Alexander too, since his father Peter Ross was a military man.
* Rick Flag from ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad''.
* The modern ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, Kate Kane is one. Her mother was a Intel officer and her father was a Special Forces operator. She planned to follow in their foot-steps, and was a rising star at West Point, being groomed for a leadership position [[{{Gayngst}} when...]]
* Gunn "Gunner" Yage, a TIE pilot from ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}''
* Ninja Joan Driscoll from ''ComicBook/AmeliaRules''
* Vima Sunrider from ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi''. Both her parents were Jedi; her mother Nomi was a hero of the Great Sith Wars and is current Grand Master of the Order. Vima herself grew up during the wars, surrounded by knights and masters.
* ComicBook/BuckyBarnes spent his formative years on a military base in New Jersey.
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}, sort of. He grew up on a USAAF base, though the person he most regards as a father figure is Professor Bruttenholm, who's not a soldier. Consequently he doesn't really fit the mold; he's pretty resistant to authority figures and generally only takes orders out of personal respect.
* In the third incarnation of ''Comicbook/HawkAndDove'', Sasha "Hawk" Martinez was an uptight military brat, to contrast with eaay-going slacker Wiley "Dove" Wolverman.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5841057/1/Operation_FRAGMENT Operation:FRAGMENT]]'' Patton Drilovsky (AKA Numbuh Sixty) and Rachel [=McKenzie=] (AKA Numbuh Three Sixty-two) both have a background as military brats, which have made them [[PlatonicLifePartners close friends]] after their decommisioning.
--> It was the reason Rachel and Patton got along so well. Few people at school understood the life. Their childhoods spent moving from place to place, their fathers being away for long periods of time, having to readjust when their fathers, men they didn't really know, were at home.
* Francisco from the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheLife'' grew up as one.
* ''FanFic/OnTheShouldersOfGiants'' picks this origin story for Commander Shepard, though her circumstances are only superficially similar to canon ''Franchise/MassEffect''. There are also many, ''many'' forks of the source code of famous military AI Petan around, some of whom have gone into the family business and others who... Well, suffice it to say that early experiments with AIs reproducing went very, very badly
* ''Fanfic/TheTranslationInBlood'' is told from the viewpoint of Commander Shepard's mother Hannah Shepard, an infantryman during the First Contact War and a rear admiral by the time of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', which makes Shepard one of these.
* ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'':
** The viewpoint character, Captain Kanril Eleya, is somewhat of a subversion. Her father and grandfather both fought in the [[LaResistance Bajoran Resistance]] (her grandfather was one of those killed in the [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Kendra_Valley_Massacre Kendra Valley Massacre]]), but her father didn't join the Bajoran Militia after the Bajorans regained their independence and Eleya wasn't born until eleven years later.
** ''Fanfic/FromBajorToTheBlack'':
*** Eleya's Starfleet Academy roommate, Jasmine Velasquez, apparently has had family in uniform going all the way back to UsefulNotes/{{the Revolutionary War}}.
*** It turns out that Commander Tesjha Phohl, Eleya's XO in the present day, is from a family with a long history of service in the Andorian Imperial Guard. [[InterserviceRivalry She decided to be contrary and join Starfleet instead.]]
** Lieutenant Commander Reshek Gaarra, Eleya's operations officer and LoveInterest, says in chapter eight of the original story that his father's in the Bajoran Militia, and is currently the garrison commander on New Bajor. He mentions having his aunt as a ParentalSubstitute (his mother died when he was two) because Dad had to be out on maneuvers a week out of every month.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Stepanek, the "dedicated pain-in-the-butt" character, from ''Film/DownPeriscope'' was the son of [[spoiler: Admiral Winslow]], and was rebelling... [[SpringtimeForHitler trying to get dismissed from sub duty]]. No one realizes the connection until it's openly stated at the end of the film, because the son is using his mom's maiden name.
** Actually, the connection becomes obvious just before it's stated. This is the first time we actually see Stepanek salute, albeit reluctantly. And the uncomfortable way he's standing there is another obvious clue.
* O-Ren Ishii of ''Film/KillBill'' was the daughter of a Chinese-American military guy and a Japanese mother. The Bride even refers to her as an "army brat" before going into her story, which had O-Ren's parents killed by Boss Matsumoto and his Yakuza gangsters.
* The protagonist of ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift''.
* Doug Masters and his friends in ''Film/IronEagle''.
* ''The B.R.A.T. Patrol''
* Zach Mayo and Sid Worley, from ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman''
* Janey Glenn in ''Girls Just Want to Have Fun'' is the daughter of Colonel Glenn.
* The Belmont Sisters from ''Film/NightOfTheComet''. Mainly invoked as a HandWave as to why two valley girls would know anything about assault rifles.
* Many of the students in ''Taps,'' which makes sense as the film involves the cadet corps of a MilitaryAcademy taking over their school. This is played for several dramatic moments as at least one parent, an Army NCO who harbors more than a bit of the ShellShockedVeteran, tries desperately to convince his son that his schoolboy version of duty and honor may be slightly misguided. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't end well.]]
* Lt. Dan Taylor of ''Film/ForrestGump.'' Notable for his family having served continuously since the American Revolution, and having the patriarch of the family get killed in every major war the United States had fought. He doesn't take it well when Forrest breaks the line by saving his life in Vietnam.
* Maverick aka Lt. Pete Mitchell in ''Film/TopGun''. His father was also a navy pilot, who died during the Vietnam War.
* Topper Harley in ''Film/HotShots''. Naturally, as this was a parody of ''Top Gun''.
* The protagonist's BlackBestFriend in the Disney Channel Original Movie ''JohnnyTsunami''. Part of the friend's problem is his father constantly being reassigned, meaning the guy never feels at home and hesitates to make friends that he's just going to lose during the next move. This serves as a point of commonality between the characters, as Johnny himself has just moved from Hawaii and his surfing grandfather (the titular character). Another problem for the friend is that his father is constantly assigned to cold places, and, at the end of the film, is sent to Iceland.
* ''Film/CadetKelly'' involves a typical teenage girl's mother re-marrying. The girl is happy, until she finds out that her new stepfather is the head of a military school, and she is a new cadet. In this case, she's being turned into this trope (kicking and screaming). Her rival (and commander) Jennifer is a more clearcut example and reveals at the end that she's moving because of her father's reassignment.
* ''Film/InHarmsWay'', a 1965 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Creator/JohnWayne drama, features the tensions between Rear Admiral Rock Torrey and his son, Ensign Jeremiah Torrey, as one of the running plots of the film.
* ''Film/RememberTheTitans'': Two of the Titan players, Louie Lastik and Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass, are from naval and army families, respectively.
* William Stryker, his father is featured in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.

* ''Literature/TheGreatSantini'' is the TropeCodifier. Since author Pat Conroy was himself was the son of a Marine colonel, the book is an accurate depiction of what many military brats go through, but it's worth reiterating that the military is large and varied and the book presents only one aspect of brat life.
* Hiro Protagonist from ''Literature/SnowCrash''.
* Ryan Azarcon from the ''Literature/WarchildSeries''.
* Kids of older cast members in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse. When Han and Leia's three were really young they were kept in an undisclosed location to be safe, and naturally they followed their parents' and grandparents' courses to various degrees. Of course, neither of their parents were precisely military, but they did tend to be busy a lot. Wedge Antilles's two girls are a better example of the trope. One became an AcePilot like her father, the other an Intelligence operative like her mother. Aww.
* ''Literature/JackReacher'': The Reacher brothers followed their Marine father from base to base.
* Several examples in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series of books, most notably including Admiral Harrington herself (her father being a retired Navy surgeon).
** Ensign Helen Zilwicki is the daughter of two Naval officers. Her father retired from Naval Intelligence as a Captain and now works for his second (adoptive) daughter, Queen Berry of Torch, as a spymaster. Her mother was a starship captain, who in ''The Short Victorious War'' [[HeroicSacrifice gave her life]] in battle against a larger force protecting a convoy whose passengers [[TearJerker included her husband and daughter.]]
* David, the SixthRanger from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
* The Vorkosigans in ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. It is part of being Vor.
* The Whistler family of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' is descended from soldiers-turned-thieves-turned-spies. The original Whistlers involved in the [[CivilWar War of the False Eldest]] numbered thirty, but only ten survived to marry and become the grandmothers of the current crop. They passed a lot on to their children. Eldest Whistler, their oldest grandchild, expresses an interest in helping the Queens' Justice, a kind of army branch, due to her upbringing.
* ''The Yokota Officers Club'' by Sarah Bird is in the same vein as ''The Great Santini,'' as a semi-autobiographical story about the child of a military officer (in this case, an Air Force fighter pilot) and the life she lives.
* Possibly one of the reasons Dr. Watson and Mary Morstan hit it off [[LoveAtFirstSight so fast]] in ''Literature/TheSignOfTheFour'' -- Watson, an ex-soldier, is exceptionally impressed with Mary's no-nonsense, stiff upper lip demeanor that she acquired from her way of life.
* Henry Reed from the Henry Reed, Inc. series is a Foreign Service Brat spending summers in the US with relatives.
* Applies to a number of the upper-class characters, and some not so upper-class, in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' series: Lady Agatha's father was an [[FourStarBadass admiral]] [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships [=RN=]]]; the Duke and his brother were born and grew up when their father was a serving [[TheBrigadier brigadier]] who hadn't yet succeeded to the dukedom; old Lord Mallerstang's father was a [=VC=] of the Great War and a brevet Lt-Col (although this is slightly subverted, in that Hugo Mallerstang was posthumously born; he was however raised in a military environment nevertheless).
* ''Literature/{{Sandokan}}'' has Marianna, born to civilian parents but raised by her uncle, a captain of the Royal Navy, and Ada Corishant, daughter of an officer in the [[UsefulNotes/KiplingsFinest Indian Army]]. It's a plot point that Marianna being the kind of girl that goes on a tiger hunt and has a good chance of being the one who scores the kill is the result of her uncle taking her with him when he cruised the Indian Ocean to hunt down pirates.
* ''Literature/TheHeroes'': Finree's father is Lord Marshal Kroy, and she's spent her life in military encampments around military men, so she often knows the business of war better than some of the officers. Her bold and haughty demeanor often has her trying to bully and cajole her father's officers into taking various actions.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive''. Jeffrey Sinclair. According to his backstory, he comes from a family of them: The tradition of Military Brats started with pilots in the Battle of Britain, making that family tradition 318 years old.
** Michael Garibaldi, the chief of security, is the son of Alfredo Garibaldi, an Earth Force Marine who served under [[FourStarBadass General Richard Franklin]], [[OneDegreeOfSeparation the father of]] Babylon 5's chief medical officer Doctor Stephen Franklin.
%%* Angela Moore in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.
* ''Series/TheCloser'': Brenda Leigh Johnson is the daughter of a military man. In an early episode of the first season, her lifelong conditioning to follow orders given by this type of man leads to her losing the case.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'''s Michael Gallant was one and eventually joined the Army himself. During a conversation with his mother, his wife Neela is startled to learn that she's actually quite bitter about the years she spent packing up and moving to follow his career and worried about what this means for their marriage. Sadly, he's killed in action before this can ever become an issue.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Olivia Dunham's stepfather was in the Army. On at least one occasion she had to defend her mother from him at gunpoint, which shows how early the toughening up started.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'': Jill Taylor, she can even drive a tank and likes chipped beef on toast.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Gregory House's father was a [[SemperFi Marine]], and [[FreudianExcuse everything about House can be explained by that fact]]:
** House being a JerkAss: [[spoiler:His strict upbringing at the hands of his father (baths in icewater, having to sleep outside of the house, not being allowed to eat dinner if he was so much as a few seconds late) had a definite bad effect on his attitude. It also gave House his issues with authority.]]
** House becoming a doctor: [[spoiler:While his father was stationed in Japan, he saw a man at a hospital he thought was a janitor. Then he saw the doctors hanging on his every word when they were faced with a difficult case. Turns out, he was a ''buraku'', and was listened to because he was ''right''. This made it much easier for House to justify being a DrJerk.]]
** House's distrust of claimed sexual fidelity: [[spoiler: He figured out that he wasn't John House's biological son when he was twelve.]]
*** The real problem was not that House's father was a Marine, it was that he treated his son like a recruit instead of a son. The fact that [[spoiler: House wasn't his biological son]] doesn't excuse that.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Carly and [[PromotionToParent Spencer]]. They seem to avert every single stereotype, whether on purpose or the submarine being a good way of getting the parents out of the picture.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': By the bucketful.
** Harmon Rabb is a GenerationXerox example (right down to his dad looking identical to him in flashbacks, plus a mustache). His dad being shot down during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and declared MIA forms a central part of Rabb's character arc as he tries to find out what happened to him. This culminates in this trope being played again when Harm discovers that[[spoiler: his father escaped captivity in Russia, fell in love with a Roma woman, and fathered a son who later joined the Russian military [[InTheBlood as a pilot.]]]]
** Also the case with most of the rest of the cast - Mac's biggest influence was her Medal of Honor recipient Marine uncle, Bud's father was a Master Chief (and he himself fathers four kids of his own with Harriet, also a naval officer), Sturgis' father is a retired Navy Chaplain, and Maj. Gen. Cresswell's daughter is attending the Academy by the time the series ends. Of the main cast members, Chegwidden is the only one who isn't stated to be a military brat or the parent of one.
** In one episode, ''Series/{{JAG}}'' also had to locate a former soldier who apparently kidnapped his son. According to the son, the son was a military brat. It gets a bit convoluted when the ending heavily implies that the son [[spoiler:was actually the reincarnation of his father's best friend who was killed in action back in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar]].
* Jessie from ''Series/{{Jessie}}''. Her actress, Creator/DebbyRyan is also one.
* Kamen Rider Sting in ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''.
* The sitcom ''Series/MajorDad'' was more-or-less based around this trope, with the eponymous Major having to adjust to his new lifestyle after marrying a woman with three daughters.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, her father even makes an appearance in one of the episodes.
* Both Tyler and Wendy in ''Series/TheMiddleman''
* ''Series/{{Nashville}}'': Juliette Barnes is established as one in "All Or Nothing With Me" (making it the second [=MB=] to be played by Creator/HaydenPanettiere, as she was one in ''Film/TigerCruise'' as well).
* ''Literature/TheSaddleClub'': Carole Hanson.
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'': A.C. Slater, although it wasn't brought up very often, aside from his father pressuring him to join.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'': Believe it or not, Elmo qualifies as "Military Kid"
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': ComicBook/LoisLane, in keeping with the tradition from the Post-Crisis comics, is the daughter of US Army General Sam Lane, and it is evident that her military upbringing had a big impact on her personality and on the show's plot, as the skills she learned and connections she made often help to move the plot forward.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Samantha Carter, daughter of Major General Jacob Carter.
** This is lampshaded in an episode where alternate Carter and Kowalski arrive from another reality. This Carter never joined the military (and was able to marry Jack). Dr. Carter mentions how she can't imagine joining the military. Capt. Carter mentions how she can't imagine ''not'' joining the military, clearly referring to her father.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries: James Kirk's parents were both in Starfleet.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
*** Wesley Crusher is raised in Starfleet, even helping man the Enterprise before he even joins its ranks, though he eventually becomes a journalist.
*** Geordi [=LaForge=] is explicitly described as a "Starfleet brat", with both parents in the service, who rather enjoyed his wandering childhood. (ActorSharedBackground: [=LeVar=] Burton was a real-life Army brat, so [=LaForge=]'s Starfleet Brat childhood may have been a character aspect addition by the character's actor.)
*** Worf's adopted human father was a Starfleet enlisted man, who is very proud of his officer son. His biological father served in the Klingon Defense Force.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Jake Sisko's father is in Star Fleet and is raised on a Star Fleet space station, though he becomes a novelist instead of joining Starfleet.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
*** Tom Paris, a [[RebelliousSpirit less than ideal]] admiral's son.
*** Kathryn Janeway, also an admiral's daughter, though considerably less rebellious.
*** Tie-in novels state that B'Elanna Torres' father was a human Starfleet engineer (thus partially invoking GenerationXerox), who fell in love with her Klingon mother while deployed on space duty. Recurring characters with the Brat background include Naomi Wildman, the daughter of one of the Science Department ensigns, who is actually born aboard ''Voyager.''
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Malcolm Reed, whose family has been in the Royal Navy for three generations. Interestingly, his father is disappointed in Malcolm choosing Starfleet instead of the Royal Navy.
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'':
** Invoked by accident during a game on , when Ryan claims to be of Dutch origin in a skit, then slips accidentally into an Irish accent. "We did a lot of moving around, my father was a military man..."
** Colin claims to be "child of the streets", then goes on to paint [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a very disturbing pattern of adoption involving two beavers and a platypus...]]
* ''Series/StrongMedicine'': Dr. Andy Campbell. And given that she joined the Army herself, that makes her daughters this as well.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''.
** Dana Scully is a self-described Navy brat; likewise her three siblings, Bill Jr., Charlie and Melissa. However, they don't fit any of the typical stereotypes of being military brats. It isn't implied that Scully's upbringing was especially strict, though perhaps morally so as she was raised a devout Catholic. It's inferred that she moved around a lot as a child, though the only place we know her father was stationed was at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego--the same place her older brother Bill Jr. is stationed in "Emily." It's also known that the Scully family was in Japan in 1966, but it's unclear whether it was a visit or they were stationed there.
** Dana's nephew Matthew is a military brat due to having a father in the Navy.
* Captain Parminter in ''Series/FTroop'' and Ensign Parker in ''Series/McHalesNavy'': both are hopeless schlubs from illustrious military families who are nevertheless bound and determined to somehow carry on their families' tradition of service.
* Gabriel Vaughn of ''Series/{{Intelligence|2014}}'' mentions in an early episode that he's the fifth generation of Vaughns to go off to fight for his country, but the first one to come back.
* Nicole in ''Series/FlashForward2009'', which explains her plot-convenient knowledge of the Japanese language.
* Poussey from ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' is a daughter of a soldier, and the constant moving has destroyed her relationships. When we see her backstory in Season 2, she is busted for having a lesbian affair with the daughter of a German officer while her father was stationed in Europe. In a BaitAndSwitch moment, [[spoiler: it appears as if she is going to murder the officer for forcing her dad to transfer home to the US, but her father intervenes.]]
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' Commander Adama has these two children working on his spaceship: [[AcePilot Captain Apollo]], and [[BridgeBunny Ensign Athena]].

* The Finnish military march ''Sotilaspoika'' (Soldier Boy) whose lyrics describe the protagonist's father who was killed in action. The lyrics reveal that his forefathers have been soldiers in four generations. The last verse implies [[ValuesDissonance when the boy makes 15]], he [[ChildSoldier too will enlist]].

[[folder:Rock Opera]]
* In ''Music/TheWall'' Pink is a Military Brat. Which is not surprising as Pink is largely based on band member Roger Waters, whose father died as a soldier in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' the majority of the students at the Schola Progeniums are the orphaned sons and daughters of officers in the Imperial Guard or Navy. Since the program is the source of all [[PoliticalOfficer Commissars]] and [[EliteMooks Stormtroopers]] this means that the majority of them were military brats who also joined the military.
* ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'' has Battlefleet as an option for a character's home world representing a character who is a child of a Battlefleet officer and grew up on board a naval ship.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/SentimentalGraffiti'' met the girls he did because his father was in the military and moved him around a lot as a result.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', one may choose this background for the player's character, Commander Shepard. Not only is it the only background choice where Shepard isn't an outright orphan, but the background specific sidequest involves making a call to Shepard's mother, who is still active-duty and the XO aboard an Alliance capital ship. By the second game, she's a captain, having turned down a promotion to Admiral that she dismissed as a political ploy. In the third, she's promoted to Rear-Admiral and is serving under Hackett. "I figured having another Shepard around couldn't hurt."
** To boot, both of your human companions had a father in the Alliance military. Kaidan only mentions his briefly, but Ash talks about her family extensively, both because it's a tradition stretching back several generations...and because they were unfairly blacklisted during the First Contact War. Kaidan's status as one of these is also the reason he is a biotic; if not for his father's military career, the Alenko family wouldn't been in Singapore for the incident that [[BizarreBabyBoom created the first human biotics]]. It is also the reason it took longer for Conatix to track him down than the other biotics from that incident.
** [[TheLancer Garrus]] is also one, his father being a military man and a distinguished member of the Citadel police. Of course, this is nothing exceptional for the turians as they're SpaceRomans with significant emphasis on merit and duty. Nearly every capable individual is conscripted for 15 years of military service.
*** A tie-in comic shows that Garrus learned to shoot well from his father as a boy (in a typical "shoot a can from far away" scenario). He actually calls his father while defending his base on Omega to say goodbye, only for the father to brush away the sentimentality and go straight to business ("How many targets?"). The conversation ends when Garrus spots the N7 armor and smiles.
* Rinoa Heartilly in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. As one can imagine, her joining [[LaResistance a resistance]] movement to oppose the military in which her father is a general [[BigScrewedUpFamily makes things tense]].
* Meryl of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has been raised by the army to the point that she felt more comfortable with a gun than a bra, which may also explain why [[VictoriasSecretCompartment keeping a Desert Eagle magazine in her cleavage]] isn't a discomfort.
** Fortune in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2 Sons Of Liberty]]'' counts as well.
*** Also Olga Gurlukovich from the same game, and similar to the LET children, she was probably closer to a literal one (its hinted a few times in the game that she participated in various conflicts as a ChildSoldier with her father's unit).
** Don't forget [[spoiler: Ocelot]], who is the son of two legendary soldiers, [[spoiler: The Boss and The Sorrow]].
** Solid, Liquid, and Solidus Snake were also military brats in the most literal sense. They were the clones of the legendary soldier, Big Boss. It was also implied, in the source material and in ''Peace Walker'', that they were also raised by the military from [[ChildSoldier a very early age]].
** Kazuhira[=/=][=McDonnel=] Benedict Miller was also revealed to be one. Well, kind of. He was basically [[HeroicBastard conceived]] when his father, a GHQ officer under Whitney, ended up sleeping with a Japanese woman who had to undergo prostitution in order to survive, and his father left before he was even born.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' features a pre-made playable family called Grunt, which has not only three Military Brats (two teen and one elementary-school-age) but a training facility in the backyard. They ''definitely'' have a strict father, but don't fit the "moving around" as the Sim military never seems to go much of anywhere.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has a number of background characters who are the children of Starfleet officers from the various live-action series.
** Lieutenant Kirayoshi O'Brien, chief engineer of the USS ''Enterprise''-F, is the son of SCPO. Miles O'Brien, former chief of operations at [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]. Meanwhile, the ''Enterprise''[='s=] XO, Commander Samuel Winters, has Starfleet as the family business going back several generations (so much so that he's quick to deny that {{nepotism}} was involved in him getting the assignment to the Federation flagship).
** Commander Naomi Wildman, C.O. of Deep Space K-7, is the grown-up version of the same Naomi Wildman who was a little kid born to a crew member of USS ''Voyager'' in Series/StarTrekVoyager's second season.
** Lieutenant Miral Paris, security chief of the USS ''Kirk'', is the daughter of Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres, both part of USS ''Voyager's'' command crew and born in the last episode of VOY.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' has three:
** [[LadyOfWar Sonya Blade]] qualifies, as her dad was also in the service.
** Cassandra Cage and Jacqueline Briggs as well, given who their parents are.
* Kitty from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is this according to [[AllThereInTheManual her Campster page]]. Her dad is in the navy and she's lived in six different countries.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has lots of examples: Commander Miranda Keyes is the daughter of Captain Jacob Keyes. Edward Buck's mother was a Marine. Olympia Vale's mother was a Naval Captain. Sergeant John Forge's family have been soldiers since World War II. Kat-B320 was raised for a time by her retired Army general grandmother. Gabriel Throne was born to a pair of Army troopers.
* Ernest the [[DemolitionsExpert Demobird]] from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' comes from a family of soldiers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Fareeha Amari, later known by the callsign Pharah, due to her mother's service in the Egyptian armed forces, and later Overwatch itself. Possibly downplayed, as we don't know if she was raised by Ana herself or by relatives off base.

* Captain Tagon of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''.
* In ''WebComic/AntiHeroes'', the backstory of Aldran, one of the main characters, is revealed in a strip entitled... Military Brat.
* [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Miko Miyazaki]] has been mentioned by [[WordOfGod Burlew]] to be a product of her upbringing, which was a paladin-flavored variant on this trope. We can probably infer that her parents weren't a great deal better than she was, because even the other paladins can't stand her.
* In the Modern Arc of ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', Arthur's foster-father Ector is an ex-serviceman (who gets called back up for Iraq), and both his son Kay and other foster-child Bedivere follow in his footsteps. Arthur ''doesn't'', possibly because he's been influenced just as much by his HippyTeacher, Merlin (and also because Ector knows he has a Destiny). (Although Ector doesn't appear to be unusually strict or conservative, it's implied Uther was, and the only FlashBack to Contemporary!Uther shows him in military uniform, making Arthur an Army Brat ''twice''.)
* Sigrun Eide of ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' has a pair of Norwegian Army generals as her parents, and as a result has grown up surrounded by all things military and went on to become a captain by the time the webcomic's story starts.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In v2-v4 of ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'', [[EnfantTerrible freshly graduated]] [[TykeBomb Espartanos]] are frequently assigned to a "parent", and pretend to be Military Brats accompanying said "parents" on a tour of duty in the New World. As of v5, the tykebomb concept has been recycled and they now accompany corporate executives instead.
* Hank Declan (Lancer) from the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse.''
* ''Blog/OffThePageAndIntoLife'' is about the reincarnations of literary characters in a WackyHomeroom. So instead of having John Watson, ex-Afghanistan soldier, they have John Williams, son of an Afghanistan casualty.
* The titular character of ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'' qualifies, though their father emphasizes his life ''after'' the military a lot more.
* In ''WebAnimation/BarbieVlog'', Barbie's friend Harper mentions that she often moved from place-to-place because her father is a soldier.
* Dolph from ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'' was raised on a German army base, which left him with some... [[AdolfHitlarious interesting]] characteristics.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Trixie from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', both her parents are pilots. Her father military, her mother commercial airliner.
* Gus Griswald in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. Secondary character "Corn Chip Girl" [=LaMaize=] is a Navy brat. Griswold and Corn Chip Girl's respective fathers apparently had a bitter rivalry that almost prevented the two from becoming friends before TJ convinced them into putting aside their feud so they could allow Gus and Corn Chip Girl to be friends, although its hinted afterwards that even with their children becoming friends, they still retained a slight rivalry (they were seen arguing about whose children should visit whose house for playtime).
** Spinelli's mother was also implied to be a military brat (Spinelli, when learning that her parents also embarrassed her all the time, expressed shock because her maternal grandpa was a Navy SEAL).
*** Actually it's pretty much considered a lie. Spinelli confesses that she lied about her parents being secret agents to the gang to make them seem more impressive. Her mother then says she did the same thing with her father. Spinelli had been told he was a navy seal but her mother's reaction makes it clear that this was a lie that she'd told Spinelli to make him seem cooler.
*** Of course the stinger for that episode seems to indicate the Spinellis ARE secret agents, their daughter just doesn't known it yet, so things may be up in the air on that one.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* General UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur, son of General Arthur [=MacArthur=], veteran of the Philippine-American War, UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar, and the American Civil War, as well as being an early Military Governor of the Philippines.
* By the same token, John [=McCain=], who is actually John Sidney [=McCain=] ''III''--John S. [=McCain=] I and II were both four-star Admirals in the US Navy, and he followed them into a naval career as a naval pilot.
** His son John Sidney "Jack" [=McCain=] IV graduated from the Naval Academy in 2009, making for ''four'' generations of naval officers in the [=McCain=] family. That said, Jack doesn't quite qualify as a Navy Brat, as his father had been a Congressman for four years by the time he was born, and took his current seat in the Senate before Jack's first birthday.
* Astronaut Michael Collins (born in Rome to a U.S. military attache)
* Creator/JulianneMoore
* Mia Hamm, former US Women's soccer player.
* Victoria Prinicipal (born in Japan)
* Music/JohnDenver (born at Roswell!)
* Dee Dee Ramone of Music/TheRamones. Born in Germany.
* [[Music/BlackCrownInitiate James Dorton]]
* Michael Strahan (spent a large portion of his childhood on a military base in Germany)
* [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]]
* Creator/DannyElfman
* Creator/PamGrier
* Creator/MarkHamill
* Swoosie Kurtz (named for her father's airplane)
* Creator/PattonOswalt
* Priscilla Presley
* Creator/DebbyRyan
* Jeri Ryan
* [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Robert Griffin III]] (born on Okinawa). Bonus points in that ''both'' of his parents were in the US Army.
* Norman Schwarzkopf. Although born in [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]], he spent much of his youth in UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, where his father, Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr., was a senior military advisor to the Iranian government and the CIA.[[note]]One of the elder Schwarzkopf's last acts in Tehran was assisting the CIA and MI6 in Operation Ajax--a.k.a. the coup that removed the democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and replaced him with the absolute rule of the Shah--which ended up biting the United States in the ass mightily when the Iranian Revolution toppled the Shah in 1979. This emboldened Saddam Hussein, so he started the UsefulNotes/IranIraqWar; his losses in that war led to his invasion of Kuwait, which led to [[UsefulNotes/GulfWar the very war that the younger Schwarzkopf had to fight]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job helping breaking it, Dad]]! Can you say "{{Irony}}"?[[/note]]
* Creator/BruceWillis (born in Germany)
* Music/{{Cage}}
* [[Music/ThePolice Stewart Copeland]] grew up in Lebanon because his father was a CIA officer.
* [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] Center Shaquille O'Neal.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels.
* UsefulNotes/RobinOlds, son of Major General Robert Olds. Somewhat ironically, Robert Olds was a strong proponent of bomber doctrine as the cornerstone of Air Force strategy, while his son would achieve fame as a fighter ace (both of them served in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII).
* Creator/LeVarBurton (born in Germany).
* [[Music/TalkingHeads Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth]].
* [[Music/{{REM}} Michael Stipe]].
* Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek of Music/{{America}}. All three were the sons of American soldiers based in England, and Bunnell was born in England. They met at a London-area high school for American military dependents.
* Music/{{Queensryche}}'s long-time singer, Geoff Tate. Talking to his father about his experiences serving in World War II and Korea led to the making of the band's critically-acclaimed album, An American Soldier.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} (born in Spain)
* Creator/MichaelJFox (Canadian military brat)
* Glenn Howerton
* Creator/PiperCurda
* Creator/DougWalker calls himself a Navy brat in a video where he shared a story about losing his passport. He was born in Naples, Italy.
* Common in Europe. For the matter of that Military Brat is almost the ''definition'' of "aristocrat".
** A uniquely multinational European military brat is Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva. He was born in Mississippi to a Spanish Navy family attached to NATO, and attended a US-run high school in Belgium for NATO brats before going to West Point and taking a commission in the US Army.
* Theodore Roosevelt III, son of UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, served in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on Utah Beach with the first wave of troops on D-Day, but died of a heart attack a month later before the medal was presented.
** In turn, all three of his sons served in the armed forces. Quentin Roosevelt II died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and Theodore Roosevelt IV and Cornelius V.S. Roosevelt III both served in World War II.
* Wrestling/DaffneyUnger was born on a U.S. military base in Germany.
* Wrestling/KenShamrock was born at Robins Air Force Base in Macon, GA.
* Beau Willimon, creator of the political thrillers ''Film/TheIdesOfMarch'' and ''Series/{{House of Cards|US}}'', is a Navy brat, born in Alexandria, VA and raised on all kinds of Navy bases. That said, his dad retired from the Navy to be a lawyer in UsefulNotes/StLouis when Willimon was just a child.
* The {{Lets Play}}er LetsPlay/{{raocow}} attributes his bilinguality to the fact that he had to move home a lot in his youth, as a result of his father being in the military. He claims that, while he mostly attended French-speaking schools, he grew up in largely English-speaking neighbourhoods.
* Children brought up in British military garrisons are known by the not-wholly-derogatory nickname of ''barracks rats''. There is a difference in culture between children of private soldiers, NCO's and officers. When the British armed forces were much larger than they are now, whole public schools [[note]]to Americans, ''private schools''[[/note]] remained solvent purely by accepting as boarders the sons and daughters of military officers stationed outside the UK. Famous former barracks-rats include:
** Creator/TimCurry: son of a Royal Navy ship's chaplain;
** [[Music/TheLibertines Pete Doherty]], jailbird, druggie and when on parole, a singer: son of a British Army officer;
** Creator/AdrianEdmondson: son of a Royal Army Educational Corps teacher;
** Creator/DawnFrench: (Royal Air Force) barracks rat;
** Series/{{Miranda}} Hart: (Royal Navy), whose father survived the sinking of his ship in the Falklands War;
** Music/BobMarley: his father served in the Royal Marines prior to Jamaican independence;
** Creator/AlMurray, stand-up comedian, son of a Parachute Regiment officer;
** Creator/SpikeMilligan, brought up in an oddly privileged way, as one of two sons of the Regimental Sergeant-Major of a Royal Artillery unit based in India: local conditions meant on an RSM's salary, his parents could afford servants and a large house and live in some luxury.
** Creator/JenniferSaunders, like Dawn French, a barracks-rat;
** Creator/TildaSwinton: daughter of a Major-General;
* Creator/GuyPearce
* Wrestling/AJStyles
* Creator/PeterSarsgaard
* Creator/ChrisCooper
* Creator/AmyAdams
* Music/ChristinaAguilera
* Wrestling/ScottHall
* Creator/ReeseWitherspoon
* Creator/MarciaGayHarden
* Creator/BillCosby
* Creator/MalcolmMcDowell
* Music/EltonJohn