Mission First, People Always Managing the Millennial Generation
AIR WAR COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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The United States Air Force has a long history of successful recruitment, selection, development, and retention programs to maintain the right quality and quantity of airmen to accomplish its mission. However, study of the millennial generation has highlighted the need for personnel reform within the Air Force in order to better manage and retain talent based on the evolution of technology, shifting values of generations, and societal norms. The Air Force must institutionalize greater flexibility within its personnel system that takes into account four unique millennial characteristics and the ever shifting demographics of the American workplace. The characteristics of technology, diversity, transparency, and work-life balance are central to millennials in life and career. There are four DOD Force of the Future proposals that most directly address the challenge of the current and future generations in the military creation of an office of people analytics, modification of Defense Officer Personnel Management Act DOPMA, technical career tracks, and milestone based promotions. Personnel reform will ensure the Air Force meets current and future mission requirements by properly managing airmen.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations