The Character and Motivation of Millennials: Understanding Tomorrow’s Military Leaders

  • Colonel Jason Halloren

Millennials are changing the landscape of how the Army operates. Millennials are less patriotic, adopt individualism or collectivism, and as a result of their increasingly sheltered upbringing, they seemingly lack the mental toughness to deal with tough crisis. These characteristics are in stark contrast to Army values. With nearly 75% of the total military comprised of Millennials it is important to understand the character and motivation of Millennials in order to best prepare them for military service. Changing the way leaders communicate with Millennials by explaining the mission and tasks, breeding a competitive environment, and incorporating adversity training into entry level training will help ensure the Army is prepared for future engagement