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Celebrating Military-Connected Children, Youth and Teens

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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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