QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER

Please don’t feel compelled to answer any of these questions directly. They are here strictly as a source of guidance or thought, and to bring up memories or situations you might not have considered. We will be adding additional questions as the project moves forward, so if you have any suggestions for additional questions we can include for other participants, please contact us.

  • How many times did you move growing up and were those moves mainly stateside, international, or both?
  • How do you believe your experiences as a military brat differentiate you from your civilian couterparts? Are they positive, negative or both? Do you feel any differently about those experiences as adult looking back?
  • Did you find it easier adapting to moves if living and attending schools on-base, or was it easier off-base in a civilian environment? What were the differences you experienced and, if applicable, does your answer apply to both domestic and international moves?
  • Did you make friends easily as a child in an ever-changing military environment, and did you still find this to be the case in a more stationary civilian environment? Has this continued as an adult or do you find yourself becoming more protective, distant, and/or selective of your friendships?
  • Were there any moves that were particularly traumatic for you and if so, why?
  • Did you live “on the economy” during overseas assignments and did you interact with or befriend neighbors despite language and cultural barriers?
  • How would you describe the people of any foreign countries in which you were assigned? Did you interact with them, find them friendly or unpleasant, and can you describe your relationship with anyone in particular?
  • Did you mainly confine yourself to the on-base community and activities during overseas assignments, or did you travel and experience the society and culture of the country in which you were stationed? If the latter, what were some of your experiences and do you believe they influenced you or helped shape your opinions, ideology or worldview?
  • Did you ever encounter any anti-American sentiment or experience any attempted or realized acts of violence or terrorism while living overseas? Did you live on-base and if not, what kind of security precautions or considerations did you live with? Can you describe them and the effects they might have had on you?
  • Have you ever tried to go back and visit any of the locations where you grew up and if so, how would you describe the experience and the memories or feelings it might have triggered? Are any of the bases you lived on that are currently closed?
  • Are you still in touch with people you grew up with, or have you lost touch with all or most of your childhood friends as a result of the moves you experienced growing up and how do you feel this has affected you? Can you describe any of these friendships and the effects of their loss in particular?
  • Did you interact or attend school overseas with other types of third culture kids, (State Department, corporate, etc.) and did you feel there were any particular differences between them and other miltary kids like yourself?
  • Were either of your parents a citizen of another country and did your parents meet and marry during an overseas assignment? Did you grow up with extended family in two countries and were you close to them? Have you ever been teased or bullied as a result of having a binational family either in the U.S. or overseas?
  • Were you born overseas and if so, are you a dual citizen of the United States and the country in which you were born, or were you required to declare your citizenship when you reached a specific age? Did you experience anything else as a result of being born overseas?
  • Have you ever had difficulty with issues of cultural identity and can you describe them?
  • Do you find that you identify with or are drawn to people with diverse ethnic or cultural backgrounds as an adult? Do you feel this is a result of your upbringing?
  • If you lived overseas for an extended period of time, how easy or difficult was your assimilation back into U.S. culture?
  • Do you find yourself easily settling into a less transient life as you grow older, or have you found yourself repeatedly plagued by wanderlust? How have you dealt with these feelings?
  • What kind of effect did your parent’s military career have on you as an individual? Were they strict disciplinarians reflective of the military environment? Were they sent on lengthy assignments or deployments that left them disengaged from your life for extended periods of time? What kind of psychological or emotional effects do you believe this had on you?