If it is not than the appeal will be seen as ingenuine and promptly dismissed by the subordinate. [x] It can be very difficult in such a fast-paced environment such as the military where leaders are often completely reactionary to the multitude of fires that require extinguishing. “They’re incredibly accepting of diversity.”. They are “the Most” Generation. Their characteristics make them who they are, and also shape the decisions and career paths they take. Plus, military vets get the added benefit of colleges with additional flexibility. Relationship building is a technique that must be developed over time as it requires mutual trust from all participants through their displayed competence. This is not a new idea. Millennials are also very susceptible to appeals of inspiration. That millennials advocate the use of the military but avoid serving denotes a deep tension at work in how they process the question of military intervention. Guys like me, born in the late 80s to e (aka the Millennials) could have ever made such an impact on the long-held military system called “The Chain of Command.” But guess what? 2. Millennials are a wartime generation but unlike the silent generation (born mid-1920s through early 1940s) of World War II and the baby boom generation (born 1946 through 1964) of Vietnam, millennials have been bombarded with information about the dangers and messy realities of warfare and its aftermath. They are forming a tight-knit generation. Consultation can be a simple form of manipulation if the leader already knows what they are going to do before seeking input from the subordinate. Wait until told. They have. Snowflakes. Entitled? One critical way the military motivates younger generations at an organizational level is through its recent emphasis on allowing individuals to pursue truth through innovation-focused organizations. Thirty-five percent of the American labor force participants are millennials, who are defined as those born between 1981 and 1996. Don't do anything until I tell you. The US military has been the last institutional structure to embrace top-down, hierarchical leadership, not allowing for questions, excuses, or discussion about orders given. Entitled. [xi] Stephen R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989). [v] Simon Sinek, “Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace - YouTube,” October 29, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNU. They may carry an air of entitlement about them and have constant anticipation of frequent and positive feedback. The average American recruit, typically of the millennial generation, has always had access to an overflow of information and resources; ubiquitous smartphones, plentiful cars and computers. The odds are that most millennials, especially the ones that join the military, do not fit the stereotype of being lazy and entitled. WHAT THE MILITARY HAS LEARNED ABOUT MILLENNIALS and GEN Z: (Note: the military refers to GenZ as NetGens) As of 2015, 72% of active duty personnel were millennials. One recent example is the marines united scandal where nude photos of female service members were allegedly distributed via a Facebook group. Original content is published under a Creative Commons License per our Terms of Use. At first glance, the idea may seem absurd. Ask. They may sacrifice their own identity to be part of the team. IF YOU LIKED THIS VIDEO, GIVE IT A THUMBS UP AND SHARE!!! He spent three years at the end of his career developing millennial service members into officers and had some tips for anyone charged with leading the so-called unmanageable generation. Millennials identify with the influencing techniques of soft tactics like ingratiation, inspiration, relationship building, and consultation over hard tactics of a coalition, legitimate requests, and pressure. And those characteristics are ones that they will employ throughout their careers, in the military or otherwise, with the right leadership. Some negative aspects of millennials stem from what some would consider failed parenting. British Army Seeks 'Snow Flakes' And 'Me Me Me Millennials' In New Recruiting Campaign The advertisements attempt to rebrand negative stereotypes … He says that it’s silly for the touch-tone-phone generation to hate millennials because they use cell phones. Today’s young adults (Millennials ages 21 to 36 in 2017) are much better educated than the Silent … Every milestone was marked with celebrations and praise. 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