TCK World
A Comparison of Different
"Versions" Of TCKs

 NOTE: This chart is based on personal experience, anecdotal material, and discussions with many other TCKs. It is not the direct result of any single empirical study, but is only intended as a discussion guide. Within each group, there will of course be exceptions -- but this comparison is believed to be valid for the majority of TCKs within each grouping.

  CORPORATE FOREIGN SERVICE MILITARY MISSIONARY
MOBILITY High – 2-3 year contracts with extensions possible  Moderately High  High – 3 years with extensions  Very Low
INTERACTION WITH HOST NATIONALS High – unless on a corporate compound Very Low – Moderate  Very Low – High  High – Very High
FEELINGS OF PATRIOTISM / NATIONALISM (Note: It is not unusual for this to drop significantly after reentry.)  Moderate  Moderate - High  High -
Very High
 Low – Moderate
SCHOOLING International or American Schools Boarding or International Schools On-Base (Post) or Boarding Schools Boarding, Home-schooling, or Host-national schools
WORLD VIEW  Moderate - High High  Low – Moderate  Moderate – High
ACCULTURATION  Moderate  High  Low – Moderate  High
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION  Moderate – High  Moderate – High  Low High
DEEP / LENGTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH HOST NATIONALS  Moderate  High Low Very High
DEEP / LENGTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER TCKs  Moderate (– High?)  Moderate – High  Low – Moderate  High (But only if other TCKs are available)

 

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Last updated: November 30, 1998.
Authored and maintained by: Samuel L. Britten, Army Brat, TCK
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