Millennials and the Army Profession

  • Colonel James E. Huber

Many researchers describe the Millennial Generation as portraying the best traits of previous generations. This paper uses generational theory to examine the characteristics of the three distinct generations currently serving in the Army. It identifies the characteristics unique to Millennials and discusses opportunities to enhance the future of the Army profession. Among other generational characteristics, It examines the collaborative and socially connected nature of the Millennial Generation. It includes a discussion on the Army Profession Campaign and draws a comparison of millennial characteristics and the essential characteristics of the Army Profession defined in Army Doctrine Reference Publication 1, focusing on trust as the principle characteristic. The paper concludes with recommendations for the Army to leverage millennial strengths to improve collaboration and ensure that millennial social connectedness secures a future of improved civil-military relations.