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Military brats are the children and teenagers of active-duty military personnel, often identifying themselves as part of a distinct subculture of military children and teenagers. While considered a derogatory term, military brat is still used as a term of endearment by military members within the military culture.

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For a list of fictional military brats, see list of fictional military brats.

United States Air Force

  • Jessica Alba, actress
  • Nicole Goetz, Operation Homefront's 2011 Military Child of the Year: Air Force
  • Ray Allen, NBA basketball player
  • Harley Baldwin, developer and art dealer in Aspen, Colorado
  • Zackary Bowman, NFL cornerback for Chicago Bears
  • America, folk rock band; all three original members
  • Brad Arnold, lead vocalist for band 3 Doors Down
  • Jay Bell, MLB player, born on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida
  • Janice Brown, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Valorie Burton, CNN Personal Development Commentator, author, counselor and life coach
  • Wendi B. Carpenter, Rear Admiral, United States Navy
  • Ron Coder, NFL and USFL player
  • Suzanne Collins, author, Hunger Games
  • Chris Cooper, actor
  • WC, rapper
  • John Cornyn, U.S. Senator
  • John Denver, singer
  • Cyndy Garvey
  • Pam Grier, actress
  • Mia Hamm, soccer player
  • Eric David Harris, one perpetrator of the Columbine High School massacre
  • Heloise, columnist, "Ask Heloise"
  • Glenn Jacobs, better known as Kane, professional wrestler
  • Wiz Khalifa, rapper, songwriter, actor
  • Kris Kristofferson, country singer, songwriter, screen actor and documentary narrator
  • Swoosie Kurtz, two time Tony Award winner
  • Chris LeDoux, country music singer, rodeo cowboy
  • Craig Lefferts, MLB pitcher
  • Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer
  • Katrina Leskanich, founder and lead singer of the music group Katrina and the Waves
  • Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall of Famer
  • Shawn Michaels, professional wrestler
  • Natalie Morales, co-anchor and national correspondent for NBC's Today
  • Robin Olds, Air Force triple ace, son of Army Air Corps Major General Robert Olds
  • Priscilla Presley, actress, ex-wife of Elvis; mother of Lisa Marie Presley
  • Victoria Principal, actress
  • Chris Richardson, singer and former American Idol contestant
  • Reggie Rivers, NFL running back, Denver Broncos, and Super Bowl champion
  • John Romero, lead software designer for Wolfenstein 3D, Quake, and Doom
  • Peter Sarsgaard, actor
  • Shawnee Smith, actress
  • Bart Starr, NFL Hall of Famer
  • Stephen Stills, singer/songwriter
  • Ronda Storms, Florida State Senator
  • Derrick Thomas, NFL linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Dave Veres, MLB pitcher
  • Gore Vidal, novelist
  • Tank, R&B singer
  • Mykelti Williamson, actor most famous for role of Bubba Blue in Forrest Gump
  • Michael Winslow, actor and comedian, best known as "Jones" from the Police Academy movies
  • Danny Wuerffel, Heisman trophy winner and NFL quarterback
  • United States Army

  • Amy Adams, actress
  • Hunter "Patch" Adams, doctor, comedian and social activist
  • Christina Aguilera, Grammy-winning singer
  • Jackson Browne, singer/songwriter, born West Germany, father an American serviceman
  • LeVar Burton, actor
  • Joelle Carter, model, actress
  • Jerry Cantrell, guitarist, singer/songwriter
  • Tony Coolidge, (1967-) Taiwanese-born American filmmaker
  • Ciara, Grammy-winning singer
  • Johnny Damon, baseball player
  • Danny!, recording artist for Definitive Jux Records
  • Faye Dunaway, Actress
  • Scott Durbin, son of Army minister and member of the Imagination Movers
  • Herman Edwards, football player, head coach, football analyst
  • Harris Faulkner, Fox News Channel anchor
  • Mayte Garcia, entertainer, actress
  • Steve Geng, author, memoirist
  • Newt Gingrich, politician
  • Robert Griffin III, football player
  • Scott Hall, professional wrestler
  • Ann Harding
  • Priest Holmes, NFL All-Pro running back
  • Robert Horry, "Big Shot Bob" NBA Star and seven-time World Champion
  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault, journalist
  • Ron Gardenhire, manager of the Minnesota Twins
  • Davey Johnson, former MLB player and manager, current manager of US national team
  • Alan Keyes, former presidential candidate
  • Cardinal Bernard Law, cardinal and former Archbishop of Boston
  • Martin Lawrence, comedian
  • Petra Kelly, German politician and co-founder of the German Green Party
  • Timothy Leary, author and counterculture guru
  • Stanley McChrystal, retired General and former Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Afghanistan and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A)
  • Douglas MacArthur, Medal of Honor recipient and Supreme Allied Commander in the Pacific during WWII
  • Amy Markham, model and television personality
  • Jerri Manthey, actress who is best known for her appearances on reality shows
  • Rudy Maxa, "The Savvy Traveller", National Geographic reporter
  • Rob McKenna, former Attorney General of Washington state, candidate for Governor in 2012
  • Julianne Moore, actress
  • Tahj Mowry, actor
  • Tamera Mowry, actress
  • Tia Mowry, actress
  • Donna Musil, documentary filmmaker, writer and activist
  • Brian Reynolds Myers, American critic and researcher of North Korean culture; author of A Reader's Manifesto
  • Shaquille O'Neal, basketball superstar
  • Mary-Louise Parker, actress
  • Sally Quinn
  • Lionel Richie, singer
  • Budd Root, cartoonist, creator of Cavewoman
  • Michelle Rodriguez, actress
  • Jeri Ryan, actress, played "7 of 9" on Star Trek: Voyager
  • Debby Ryan, actress, star of Disney Channel show Jessie
  • Sapphire, author
  • Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., general in charge of Desert Storm
  • Leah Ward Sears, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Scott Shannon, announcer for the Sean Hannity radio show, host of Internet's True Oldies Channel, New York disc jockey, programmer and former VH1 VJ
  • Will Shields, 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee; played for the Kansas City Chiefs 1993-2006, born in Fort Riley, KSansas
  • Rachel Smith, Miss USA 2007; born on a US base in Panama; both of her parents were in the service, stationed in Panama
  • Michael Stipe, vocalist for R.E.M.
  • Sharon Tate, actress; Mrs. Roman Polanski
  • Blair Underwood, actor
  • Elizabeth Vargas, ABC News anchor
  • Gore Vidal, novelist; biological father was a West Point grad and Army aviator
  • Ashley Wagner, 2016 World Figure Skating silver medalist.
  • Mary Edwards Wertsch, author of the book Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress
  • Bruce Willis, actor
  • Reese Witherspoon, actress
  • James Woods, actor
  • Tiger Woods professional golf champion
  • Eric Zeier, football player
  • United States Marines

  • Mary Doria Russell, award-winning novelist, writes science fiction and also historical fiction; both parents served, father was a Marine
  • Neal Boortz, talk radio host, author
  • Pat Conroy, author of The Great Santini, a novel about military brats
  • Deborah Foreman, actress and model
  • Emmylou Harris, multiple Grammy Award-winning singer
  • Robert Hays, actor
  • Heather Locklear, model and actress
  • Renee Montagne, National Public Radio news anchor, co-host of national morning news show Morning Edition, former co-host of All Things Considered
  • Patton Oswalt, actor and comedian
  • John Phillips, singer, of The Mamas & the Papas
  • Lala Sloatman, actress, costumer, and model
  • Austin St. John, actor, Power Rangers
  • Allen Neal Jones, better known as AJ Styles, professional wrestler
  • Ann Wilson, of Heart, singer, songwriter
  • Nancy Wilson, of the band Heart, guitarist, singer, songwriter
  • United States Navy

  • Billy Beane, manager of the Oakland A's, subject of movie Moneyball, credited with fundamentally changing team strategy for the game of baseball
  • Mary Doria Russell, award-winning novelist, science fiction and also historical fiction; both parents served, mother was a Navy nurse
  • Nicole Anderson, actress/model
  • Hoyt Axton, country/western composer-performer, actor
  • Dennis C. Blair, Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command
  • Bill Cosby, comedian and actor
  • Elizabeth Edwards, (born Mary Elizabeth Anania), late attorney, author, and estranged wife of former U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards
  • Steven Culp, actor
  • Andy Dick, actor and comedian
  • Nancy Dussault
  • Robert Duvall, Academy Award-winning actor
  • Kathie Lee Gifford, actress
  • Mark Hamill, star of the first three Star Wars films
  • Marcia Gay Harden, actress
  • L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction author and founder of Scientology
  • Patrick Kilpatrick, actor, director, producer, writer
  • Thomas C. Kinkaid, Admiral, commander of the Seventh Fleet during World War II
  • John McCain, Senator and 2008 presidential candidate
  • John S. McCain, Jr., Admiral, Commander in Chief, Pacific Command
  • Steve McQueen, actor
  • Jim Morrison, singer/songwriter
  • Lou Diamond Phillips, father was a career Naval Officer, and was named after a legendary U.S. Marine
  • Doug Walker, film critic and internet celebrity
  • Mike Watt, bassist
  • United States Coast Guard

  • Thad Allen, Admiral, twenty third Commandant of the United States Coast Guard; Incident Commander, Federal Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster Response
  • Harry G. Hamlet, Vice admiral, seventh Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
  • Willard J. Smith, Admiral, thirteenth Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
  • Branch of service unknown

  • H.R., singer/songwriter of Bad Brains
  • Dan Hicks, singer
  • Rob Hotchkiss, guitar and harmonica player of the band Train
  • Earl Hudson, drummer of Bad Brains
  • Jesse Jane, porn star
  • Linda Johnson, WSOP bracelet winner and owner of Card Player
  • Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (aka Amerie), singer
  • Lil' Mo, singer/songwriter
  • Trey Songz, singer/songwriter
  • Canadian military brats

  • Michael J. Fox, actor; Army brat
  • Ann-Marie MacDonald, novelist, playwright, actor, broadcast journalist; Air Force brat
  • Elizabeth Manley, figure skater, three-time Canadian champion, 1988 Olympic silver medalist, 1988 world silver medalist
  • Indian military brats

  • Aishwarya Rai, Indian film actor, global icon, daughter of an Army officer; her father was a biologist in the Indian Army
  • Aishwarya Sakhuja, Indian television actress
  • Akshay Kumar, film actor, son of an Indian Army officer, the late Hari Om Bhatia
  • Ajay Banga, president and chief executive officer of MasterCard; his father is Lt. General Harbhajan Singh Banga (Retd.), a decorated general of the Indian Army
  • Aman Verma, TV show anchor, actor
  • Amrita Singh, film actress
  • Anushka Sharma, film actress, daughter of Col. Ajay Kumar Sharma
  • Arjun Rampal, Indian actor in Bollywood films; fashion model; his maternal grandfather, Brigadier Gurdayal Singh, served in the army
  • Arnab Goswami, Indian journalist; editor in Chief and news anchor of the Indian news channel Times Now
  • Arun Sarin, former CEO of Britain's Vodafone Group
  • Celina Jaitley, Indian actress, daughter of V K Jaitley, a retired colonel, and Meeta, an Afghan Hindu who was a nurse in the Indian Army; brother also in Indian Army
  • Chitrangada Singh, film actress born to an Army officer father
  • Cyrus Sahukar, MTV India VJ and Bollywood actor; born in MHOW Cantonment, District Indore; his father is Colonel Behram Sahukar
  • Deepak Chopra, doctor, public speaker, and writer on subjects such as spirituality, Ayurveda and mind-body medicine; his father, Krishan Chopra, M.D. (1919–2001) was a prominent Indian cardiologist
  • Dimple Yadav, Indian politician, wife of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav. Her father was a colonel in the Army.
  • Dheeraj Sharma, Professor at IIM-Ahmedabad, Author, Columnist, and Motivational Speaker. His father was an officer in Indian army
  • Gauri Khan, Indian movie producer; wife of Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, with whom she co-founded Red Chillies Entertainment; father is Major Ramesh Chhiba
  • Gul Panag, Indian actress; father is Lt. Gen. H S Panag (Retd), Indian Army
  • Jeev Milkha Singh, first Indian professional golfer to become a member of the European Tour; son of legend Milkha Singh
  • JJ Valaya, Indian fashion designer and couturier; father is Brigadier Jagjit Singh Ahluwalia
  • Jyoti Randhawa, professional golfer; father is Brigadier R S Randhawa in the Indian Army
  • Karan Thapar, Indian television commentator and interviewer; born to General P. N. Thapar and Bimla Thapar
  • Kirron Kher, Indian actress and politician; father is a colonel in the army
  • Lara Dutta, Indian actress, Miss Universe 2000; father is Wing Commander L.K. Dutta in the Indian Air Force
  • M. S. Banga, senior partner at the private equity fund Clayton Dubilier & Rice; brother of Ajay Banga
  • Mayanti Langer, Indian TV sports journalist with ESPN; daughter of Major General Sanjiv Langer, who worked in UN
  • Mita Vashisht, Indian television, film and theatre actress; graduated from National School of Drama, New Delhi; father is Colonel Rajeshwar Dutt Vasisht (Retd)
  • Mohnish Behl, Indian actor working in the Bollywood film industry; father is Cdr. Rajneesh Behl
  • Navneet Kaur Dhillon, Indian model, winner of Pond's 50th edition of Femina Miss World India 2013; the daughter of an army officer; attended her schooling in Army Public School, Ambala
  • Neha Dhupia, Indian actress, daughter of commander Pradip Singh Dhupia, who is in the Indian Navy
  • Nikita Anand, Miss India 2003; father is Brigadier S.S. Anand, a doctor in the Indian Army
  • Nirupama Rao, a 1973 batch Indian Foreign Service officer; Ambassador of India to the United States of America since August 2011; father is Colonel P.V.N. Menon
  • Pooja Batra, Indian actress; father, Ravi Batra, was an army colonel who was wounded in the 1971 war between India and Pakistan
  • Prahlad Kakkar, ad guru, foodie and scuba diving school owner; father was a Major General in the army
  • Preity Zinta, Indian actress; father, Durganand Zinta, was an officer in the Indian Army
  • Priya Gill, Indian actress; father was a paratrooper in the Indian army, Brigadier BS Gill
  • Priyanka Chopra, Indian actress; parents are Dr. Ashok Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra; father was a doctor in the Indian Army
  • Rajeev Khandelwal, Indian film actor
  • Rannvijay Singh, Indian actor and VJ
  • Renuka Chowdary, Indian politician; former Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Women and Child Development in the Government of India, 2006-2009; father is Wing Commander S N Chowdary
  • Sabeer Bhatia,Indian American entrepreneur; co-founded Hotmail; is father Captain (Hony) Baldev Bhatia
  • Shilpa Sakhlani, television actress, known for her role as Ganga on the soap opera Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
  • Simi Garewal, Indian film actress. Her father was a retired Brigadier in the Indian Army.
  • Shonali Nagrani, Indian film actress and model; her father was an officer in the Indian Army and was posted at Bengdubi during her childhood
  • Sister Nirmala, succeeded Mother Teresa as Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity in March 1997; father was in the Indian Army
  • Sunny Singh, writer
  • Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994, Indian actress; her father, Wg Cdr Shubeer Sen, is a retired Indian Air Force officer
  • Tarun Tahiliani, Indian fashion designer; father, Admiral Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani, served as the Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy between 1984 and 1987 and as the Governor of Sikkim between 1990 and 1994
  • Vinod Dham, venture capitalist; father served in the Indian Army
  • Vinod Khosla, Indian-born American venture capitalist; influential personality in Silicon Valley
  • United Kingdom and other commonwealth countries

  • Jason "J" Brown; former Five member; father in army.
  • C.A. Cranston, author, academic; father and mother in RAF; military brat culture and experiences of place published in Challenging Contemporary Ecocritical Place Discourse: Military Brats, Shadow Places, and Homeplace Consumerism
  • Tim Curry, actor, singer and composer (Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show); father was a chaplain in the Royal Navy
  • Pete Doherty, singer/songwriter; father was in the British Army
  • Adrian Edmondson, comedian, writer, director, actor, musician; father was a teacher working for the British Army and Royal Air Force
  • Samantha Eggar, actress; father in the British Army
  • Dawn French, British comedian; father was in the Royal Air Force
  • Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter and poet; father was a Captain in the British Royal Marines
  • Colin Greenwood, bassist for the English rock band Radiohead; father in the British Army
  • Myra Hindley, murderer (Moors Murders); father was a paratrooper in the Royal Air Force
  • Engelbert Humperdinck, singer; father in the British Army
  • Christopher Isherwood, novelist; father in British Army
  • Junaid Jamshed, Pakistani singer; father was a Pakistan Air Force officer
  • Elton John, singer; father in the Royal Air Force
  • Christopher Lee, actor (Count Dracula and Count Dooku); father in the Royal Rifle Corps
  • John Loder, early film actor; father a British Army General
  • Malcolm McDowell, actor; father a British Royal Air Force officer
  • Spike Milligan, Irish-English comedian; father in British Indian Army; grew up in British India and Burma
  • Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman, sons of Lieutenant General Ziaur Rahman, who was commissioned into the Pakistan Army, and became one of the commanders during the 1971 Liberation War and later, the third head of the Bangladesh Army before becoming the seventh President of Bangladesh
  • Charlotte Rampling, actor, model, singer; father an Olympian and British Army Officer
  • Ali Saleem, Pakistani cross-dresser and TV host; father was a Pakistan Army colonel
  • Sanwar Azam Sunny, social entrepreneur and artist; son of Colonel Muhammad Shahid Sarwar, a commander of the Bangladesh Army and Border Guards Bangladesh (1977-2005)
  • Jennifer Saunders, British comedian, actress, and writer
  • Rick Springfield, father was an Australian Army officer
  • Tilda Swinton, father is Major-General Sir John Swinton, KCVO, OBE, DL, the highest rank in the British Army
  • Tanita Tikaram, father a British Army officer
  • Sardar Ajit Singh Indian dissident, nationalist, during the time of British rule in India
  • Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army; son of a major; brother of Shabbir Sharif (Nishan-e-Haider) and nephew of Raja Aziz Bhatti (Nishan-e-Haider)
  • Other countries

  • Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile; father was a Chilean Air Force General
  • Joel Embiid, Cameroonian NBA player
  • Petra Kelly German politician, Green Party activist; had dual citizenship with the United States; father was a US soldier, mother was German
  • Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko, professional boxers (Vitali is the WBC World Champion); father was Soviet Air Force Colonel
  • Vladimir Radmanović, NBA player; father in Yugoslav People's Army
  • Ségolène Royal, French politician, former major candidate for French Presidency, father was an officer in the French Army
  • References

    List of military brats Wikipedia


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