Month Of The Military Child

The Month of the Military Child takes place in April and highlights the importance of military children to the armed forces community and shows them the appreciation they deserve.

Military kids have to make sacrifices and are braver than most other children, as they often have to be shuffled around the world at a moment’s notice, and/or they have to deal with the idea that one or both of their parents may be injured in the line of duty. These children often have to adjust to new schools regularly, which can make it hard for them to make long-lasting friendships.

The History of the Month of the Military Child

This month was established in 1986 by then U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger to honor military children and to recognize that they too make sacrifices for the United States. Ever since its creation, this month has been an important one that honors children who have one or both parents in uniform.

Fast Facts on Military Children

We wanted to dig up some research on military children that would reflect the sacrifices they make and the bravery they must have on a daily basis as their parent(s) defend the U.S. After some digging, we came up with the following facts that we feel will highlight why this month is an important one for everyone to observe.

  • Since 2001, over 2 million military children have experienced parental deployment.
  • Approximately 33% of military children exhibit symptoms of increased anxiety and worry.
  • Approximately 80% of military children attend public schools across the U.S.
  • A positive school environment has been shown to improve military children’s academic performance and reduce their anxiety levels.
  • Military families relocate 10 times more often than civilian families.
  • The average military family moves every 2 years.
  • Only 5% of military spouses are men.
  • The average military spouse tends to be female and under the age of 35.

Observing Month of the Military Child

There are numerous ways that this month is observed. One of the most noticeable ways to observe this month is to wear purple. Purple is the color most associated with the military, and wearing purple for this month is known as “Purpling Up.”

Another way to observe this month is for schools to provide links to important resources for military families on their official websites.

Other ways to observe this month include hosting community events that recognize military children, giving a shout-out to military families on social media using the hashtag #MonthOfTheMilitaryChild, or just by showing your appreciation for them if you see them out in public.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 1 Monday
Next year (2025)
April 1 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
April 1 Saturday
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