There are 1.7 million children who are dependents of Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard servicemembers. These military children play an important role in their military families. To celebrate their sacrifices and resilience, April is dubbed Month of the Military Child.

Military children hold a number of special characteristics that make them unique. They are Proud to serve in a military family, Resilient by adapting to multiple lifestyle changes, Cultured thanks to their experiences living around the world, and Responsible because they’re often held to higher standards.

Navy Federal appreciates the important role children play in the military community and the support they provide their families, and we’re excited to celebrate military children all April long. Read more about what makes them special, along with stories from our members about their military kids.

Proud

Military children often serve right alongside their parents who might be in uniform – but in a different way. They may not be going to training exercises or deploying, but military children often endure the highs and lows that come alongside military service. Because military children serve like this, they are very proud to be in a military family.

“This picture captures the moment he was able to hold our son for the first time. Our daughter Kiara, was in awe of her father’s return. This is the day our family of four was complete.”

Caitlin G.

Resilient

Resiliency is a word often associated with the military. Not only does it apply to servicemembers, but also to their kids! Military children are known for never giving up – much like their parents who serve. They are also known for their “toughness.” The average military family will move six to nine times in a military career. This can be a lot of moving around, adjusting to new schools and making friends – but military kids know exactly how to handle these situations.

“Although his daddy doll is not as good as the real thing. It is a close second and he clings to it as he grows into toddler hood. Making sure that dad is present for every adventure he attends.”

Kayla K.

Cultured

One of the unique perks military children have is being able to travel the world. It isn’t unusual for military children to be stationed with their parents in places like South Korea, Germany, Italy or Japan! Each branch of service has programs set up for these kids in the way of education, entertainment and embracing the local culture. Military children call many places “” and have the opportunity to experience other cultures firsthand when they live in another country.

“My wife and I started our Navy journey together 16 years ago. We’ve been through many deployments and are now both serving overseas in Guam. We have 3 beautiful children and are truly blessed with our family and the opportunities to serve abroad.”

Andre S.

Responsible

Because military families often move and seemingly face constant change, military kids are often asked to be responsible beyond their age. Military families rely on each member of the family to actively contribute to household chores or taking care of younger siblings. This is especially true when one member of the house is away during training or deployments. Military families operate as a unit to accomplish their missions – and children are one of the most important parts!

At Navy Federal, we’re committed to serving those who serve. Join us as we celebrate military children everywhere in this Month of the Military Child on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Feel free to share your experience as a military child, or about your military child, in the comments below.

This article is intended to provide general information and shouldn't be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It's always a good idea to consult a tax or financial advisor for specific information on how certain laws apply to your situation and about your individual financial situation.