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GET INVOLVED

There are thousands of children across the UK and overseas waiting to hear your experience of growing up in the armed forces!

Are you over 18 and are or have been a military child in your lifetime? You can write your own experience of growing up in the armed forces community! It can be as long or as short as you like, but must include some photos of your childhood. 

Why is it important to share my story?

Your story will help thousands of UK Armed Forces children across the UK and overseas who might be struggling with parts of our ever changing lifestyle. Your wise words of wisdom and knowing that they're not alone in their experiences will provide them with warming comfort and reassurance. 

If you're stuck or confused on what you need to do, don't be afraid to drop us an email!

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How to get involved

All we need for your story is your experience of growing up in the Armed Forces community. It might be that you've found one aspect of military life hard or overall you've had a really positive experience. Whatever the case, your story is massively important. 

If you're stuck or don't know where to start, there's some helpful tips below that might get the clogs moving. There's also plenty of stories already on this site to inspire you.

Some Pointers: 

  • Overall experience of being a military child.

  • Favourite experiences/fond memories you’ve had.

  • What you’ve struggled with:  parent on deployment, moving to a new house/school, making friends, being abroad and how you overcame it or deal with it now.

Nothing you write will be wrong and honesty is the best policy! Be as honest as you like about things you've struggled with, from your parent on deployment to leaving your favourite park behind. 

What you need to do:

  • write your story (anything up to 1500 words).

  • include an up to date image of you now (either selfie or one taken of you).

  • include images of your childhood attached with captions.

  • bundle this up and attach in an email to: therealtroopers@gmail.com

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THE REAL TROOPERS NEEDS YOUR STORIES