April is the month of the military child. But for service members’ kids, every month is about being a military child. According to the 2010 U.S. census, more than 1.2 million dependent children live in active-duty families.

From moving across the country or the globe, to making new friends, to Skyping a parent while playing guitar, military life has a profound impact on the children who are born into a lifestyle of service.

In order to get some insight into what it’s really like to be a military child, Task & Purpose sat down with six military kids to hear their stories, with a little help from Blue Star Families, an advocacy group that provides services for military families.

Watch their stories below.

On her dad, the infantryman …

On favorite memories …

On moving …

On joining the military …

On deployment …