Growing up in the military — it’s the experience of thousands of teens with family in the armed forces. Take the quiz to learn more.
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Round 1: Getting to Know the Military Whats the minimum age to join the military?
Seventeen, with parental permission and valid U.S. citizenship. Many military kids follow in their parents footsteps and join the armed forces themselves.
Which branch is the largest?
The Army makes up nearly half of all the United States armed forces with more than 500,000 enlisted troops. From largest to smallest: Army; Navy; Air Force; Marines; Coast Guard.
The U.S. has more than 700 military bases worldwide.
The U.S. controls more than 700 military bases worldwide. Families live, go to school and carry on normal lives at many of these installations, both overseas and in the United States.
Round 2: Growing Up in the Military Define deployment:
Active service personnel are deployed and stationed overseas to carry out military missions. A typical military tour can last a few months or several years.
More than ____ U.S. military kids have parents deployed away from home.
At any given time, more than 200,000 kids have parents deployed away from home in military units inside and outside of the country.
Part-time military personnel are called reservists. Limited time in the military (usually a few weeks a year), allows reservists to live off base and work other full-time jobs. Approximately 30,000 reservists are currently serving in Iraq.
On-base kids use military time. Whats 1600?
Military kids learn how to use military time, a time system based on a 24-hour clock.
Define mess hall:
Soldiers and their families eat at mess halls, the military equivalent of a high school cafeteria.
Military kids generally attend at least ___ different schools by the time they graduate.
Kids typically attend at least six different schools by the time they graduate high school — military families relocate every two to three years.