Life as a Military Child

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Life as a Military Child

by: Allison Bass | .
Kadena High School | .
published: April 02, 2013

As a military child you are expected to be able to adjust and adapt to your surroundings wherever you go. I have moved only four times but I have gone to ten different schools during my entire education. The biggest adjustment that I’ve had to deal with is moving to a country where I don’t know their language or fully understand their culture.

My dad has been in the United States Marine Corps for almost 25 years and I have known from the get-go that I would have to move a lot and make new friends everywhere I go. However, my dad had told me that we were going to be finishing my high school career in California. You could imagine my shock when he told me that we weren’t just moving a few hours away, but to a place on the other side of the world! I had built such a strong connection with my friends and had completely settled into my house and town and then I was being told that I had to leave what I’ve known for six years and move to an unknown place.   

Okinawa is my first overseas assignment that I’ve had to deal with and it is an amazing privilege to be allowed into a foreign country but it is very hard to adjust to their culture. Even though they have large corporations that are also in the States such as McDonald’s and KFC they prepare their food quite differently.

Japanese love their fried food and dark meat. I was surprised when I ordered a McChicken sandwich, expecting it to be exactly how they tasted in the states, and it was a dark gooey meat. The Japanese way of preparing food is unlike any way that I have experienced living in the States my whole life.

Although Okinawa was the biggest adjustment that I have had to deal with I am so happy that I am able to live on such a beautiful island. The other students understand what I am going through because everyone one on island has a parent either serving or somehow working with DoD. Okinawa could possibly be the best thing to ever happen to me.