National Military Brats Day - April 30
Tue, Apr 30, 2024

National Military Brats Day

National Military Brats Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to military children. While their fathers are in the service, the burden of raising them falls on the mother. Of course, it is necessary to create a separate day dedicated to such children, because their life is less fun than that of their peers: they see their fathers very rarely. The holiday is celebrated on April 30.


National Military Brats Day was founded by Military Brats, Inc. in 2016. It is still not official, although its creators are working hard to push a bill through the U.S. Congress to get it approved and give the holiday official status.

The children of military personnel rarely see their fathers. Those whose parents are both members of the military have even more problems. In this case, the duty station can often change, leading to frequent moves. Children are forced to leave their friends and comrades behind as they move to a new location. They literally have to rebuild their own childhood life: make new friends, explore the city so they don’t get lost, etc.

Interesting facts

  • The term BRAT is used to refer to members of the armed forces who travel (on duty). It also applies to their children who have to constantly change their place of residence.
  • 70% of children of servicemen have a patriotic upbringing and after growing up they are also ready to defend their homeland.

How to celebrate

Congratulate the servicemembers you know who have children. Ask them how often they move. Do their children feel lonely when their father is often away?

Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Let more people know about it.

When is National Military Brats Day celebrated in 2024?

National Military Brats Day is observed on April 30 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday April 30 2024
Wednesday April 30 2025

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