Reshaping Millennials as Future Leaders of the Marine Corps
AIR WAR COLLEGE MONTGOMERY United States
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Three generations of Marines now serve in the Marine Corps, including Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials. Each generation has unique characteristics that influence how they prefer to lead and be led. Marines of the millennial generation are vastly different from their predecessors. They have a tendency to question the status quo and put less priority on careers while seeking a balance of work, family, and personal time. Millennials are also characterized as energetic, enthusiastic, and creative, all positive attributes needed to keep the Marine Corps relevant in the future. With these characteristics, Millennials may be viewed as both high-maintenance and high-performance individuals.1 This poses challenges to the Baby Boomers and Generation Xers who are responsible for shaping Millennials to be the Corps upcoming senior leaders. With the proper leadership, Millennials unique qualities can be harnessed to build an effective and committed workforce for the future of the Marine Corps.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations