Stuck this in the NAAFI as I expect abuse could ensue. I always assumed "pad" referred to a house on a quarters patch, making a padbrat a child of an army family brought up in such a salubrious place. However, whilst wandering round Paderborn at the W/E I heard a British woman telling her own personal padbrat that he was called that cos his dad was a married soldier, who are also called pads, whilst an unmarried soldier was a squaddie. I did not want to get involved and argue as I would be embarrassed to be assaultedd in a major German department store. However, who is right?