Month of the Military Child


The Defense Department celebrates military children during the month of April. There are more than 1.6 million military children who face many challenges and unique experiences as a result of their parents' service.
While military members serve around the world, we often forget the challenges faced by their children. Military families move on average every two to three years, impacting military children through changing schools and support networks.
Each year, the DOD joins national, state and local government, schools, military serving organizations, companies and private citizens in celebrating military children and the sacrifices they make.


Feature | Know Your Military

Face of Defense: A Mother's Dedication, A Daughter's Inspiration

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Feature | Know Your Military

Military Child Larissa Heslop Stands Out as Student-Athlete, Volunteer

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From The Services |

Fathers Celebrate Month of the Military Child

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News | Defense News

First Lady Calls Joining Forces Effort a National Security Imperative

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News | Observances

President Proclaims Month of the Military Child

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By The Numbers

1.6 Million Military Children

977,191 Active Duty
Military Children

  • 0-5 yrs: 411,611
  • 6-11 yrs: 313,501
  • 12-18 yrs: 212,556
  • 19-22 yrs: 39,523

674,223 Reserve
Military Children

  • 0-5 yrs: 213,121
  • 6-11 yrs: 215,249
  • 12-18 yrs: 179,623
  • 19-22 yrs: 66,230

Source: 2019 Demographics Report