Department of Defense Education Activity

In Their Words

In Their Words... is a series of quotations from teachers, administrators, military leaders and our partners that speak to the circumstances, determination, and spirit that have better enabled our warriors and DoD civilians, past and present, to make lasting contributions to our nation's defense, and indeed the defense of freedom around the world.

The world has changed dramatically since our school system began in 1946-1947.
In School Year 2021 - 2022, we celebrate 75 years of educational support to military-connected families - empowered by the resourcefulness, dedication, and focused optimism of the men and women who established and operated schools in the aftermath of World War II.

Discovering the past, understanding the present, and creating a better future...

In Their Words

"Since October 2001, the world in which American military children grow up has been changed dramatically by unprecedented levels of deployment tempo and the increased reliance on Reserve and Guard members. To date, a total of over 2.1 million American men and women in uniform have deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Of those Service members, approximately 100,000 - 44 percent - are parents. Of those deployed Service member parents, 48 percent have served at least two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not since the Vietnam War have so many U.S. military families been affected by deployment-related family separation, combat injury, and death."

Download Quote Image
An image from DoDEA's In Their Words product line featuring DoDEA's 75th Anniversary logo.

Report on the Impact of Deployment of Members of the Armed Forces on Their Dependent Children.
Oct 2010


Era 1

The Early Years Gallery

Era 2

The Consolidation Years Gallery

Era 3

The Modernization Years Gallery