Growing Up Army Video Instructions


  • Frame your picture appropriately. The best way to tell your story is for someone to ask you questions and give you prompts. Your story will be edited along with other stories that are created the same way. If you don’t have someone to ask you the questions, use the “Selfie” style to tell your story.
  • Stand or sit in front of a simple background, possibly a solid color
  • The lighting should let the audience see your face
  • Do not not use profane or objectionable language – the story should be appropriate for all audiences
  • Do not wear:
    • Small/busy patterns and textures
    • Reflective accessories
    • Noisy jewelry
    • Logos, brands and/or messages (other than official Army apparel) on clothing
    • Hats or sunglasses that obstruct the camera’s view and/or lighting of your face

Interview Style

Look at the person asking you questions

"Selfie" Style

If you don’t have an interviewer, look directly into the camera


  • Position the camera level with the your face
  • Keep the camera static (not moving) – mount it on a tripod or other stationary structure
  • Use the Landscape (wide) not Portrait (tall) position
  • Make sure you are in focus
  • Record in High Definition (720p - 1080p resolution) with clear, audible sound and no background noise (loud air conditioners, dogs barking, televisions or radios, people talking, etc.)


At the beginning of your video tell us:


(Please say each statement before you begin. For example, “To me, ‘Growing Up Army’ means...”)

  1. What does “Growing up Army” mean to you?
  2. How many Army personnel are there in your family? Who are they and what do they do?
  3. What’s your favorite thing about living in a military community?
  4. What do you think is the same and what is different about being in an Army family compared to being in a non-Army family?
  5. How do you feel about having your story in the National Museum of the US Army?
  6. Where do you call home?
  7. What is your Army Family story?


(in case you get stuck on what to say when answering the questions above)

(Please say each statement before you begin)

Upload your video to

Make the video Private with the password: MyStory.

Allow downloads.

Send the link to

Thank you for sharing your Army Family story.