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Celebrating Military Children

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.


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Military Kids Connect

Age-appropriate resources to support military children ages 6-17 who are dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Children of active duty, National Guard and reserve families may be eligible for free membership to their local Boys & Girls Club.

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4-H Military Partnerships

Opportunities for youth to join 4-H clubs in their communities and participate in summer camps.

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Sesame Street for Military Families

Education and activities for preschool aged children to help them cope with the challenges of military life.

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By The Numbers

1.6 Million Military Children

964,485 Active Duty
Military Children

  • 0-5 yrs: 399,176
  • 6-11 yrs: 312,460
  • 12-18 yrs: 214,049
  • 19-22 yrs: 38,800

656,988 Reserve
Military Children

  • 0-5 yrs: 204,405
  • 6-11 yrs: 211,136
  • 12-18 yrs: 177,166
  • 19-22 yrs: 64,281

Source: 2020 Demographics Report