Faith (Navy): So I usually just say that I'm military and if they don't get what that means or if I don't feel like asking exactly what they mean by where I'm from, then I tell them I'm from Earth.
Benefit of the Doubt
A lot of military kids recognize that most civilian children and adults don't share their experiences.
Sam (Air Force): I think they're just curious and interested in getting to know you (at least, at college that seems to be the norm since we're coming from all over).
Melody (Air Force): It bothers me a little bit when people ask me that 'cos I don't really have one place, but it's not like they do it to be mean or anything. They just wanna learn more about me I guess.
Brendon (Army): When they ask I reply with, "I am an army brat and I've lived all over." They just wanna know, so they're not bad.
Second Verse, Same as the First
As they get older, however, many military children get tired of being asked, "Where are you from?" because so often there are more questions (and more confused looks) right behind it. Some have developed answers that best work for them while others still aren't sure what to say.
Abram (Marine Corps): When someone asks me where I'm from, I think to myself, "I'm about to find out if you've lived in the same town your whole life." I've synthesized the whole thing: "My dad's a Marine, so I'm from everywhere." If they ask, I'll tell them what's up. If they don't, or say something like, "That must've been tough growing up moving so much/having a Marine as a father," then I know they're probably not worth explaining it to.
Janet (Army): I say "everywhere," but usually not before having a deer in the headlight moment.
Amelia (Marine Corps): When someone asks where I'm from, I feel almost obligated to tell them my life story: Where I was born, how many times I moved, where I moved from to my current location, etc. I make the point that my dad was in the Marine Corps so I'm not really "from" anywhere. That confuses people and it makes me laugh at them.
You're right. I'm not "in Kansas anymore." Funny.
Nathan (Army): I think that those people tend not to think about what they are asking before they ask.
Ashley (Army): I say I'm from Stuttgart [Germany] and they give me that face because you know they are dying to say it: "Is that in Canada?" Yeah, sure man.
Daniel (Marine Corps): I guess they don't mean anything by it, but it still feels weird when someone asks me and then looks at me kind of like I'm lying when I say I'm an American who never lived in the United States. I was born in Okinawa, moved to Germany and live here again. Then they ask more questions and then I have to explain why I don't "look Japanese."