Amea...I don't know what definition of shelter you adhere to but in my eys, EVERY aspect of the military chilren's life is sheltered by their parents!
I don't agree with the strictness of how the military parents treat their children but it is their DUTY to shelter their chidren. I would say that every parent wants to keep their children as innocent as the day they are born. However, we know this isn't possible.
To say that there is no evidence whatsoever that the kids are sheltered is an incorrect statement! IMHO!
I admire the discipline shown by such children when they become healthy, socialized, intelligent, and knowledgable adults.
There are such children in public school systems as well! I like to see that too. However, the military kids are only going to be socialized and knowledgable about the things their parents taught them. They have no diversity in their daily interractions.
Now, what we were not shown is their friends and the time they get to spend with them and what types of friends they have. By having the party, it is a safe thing to say that they have friends and maybe this will give them a very balanced way of thinking...I sure hope so!