Honestly, not to disrespect the post but I hate new Soldier bashing. I came in over 26 years ago and my NCOs talked about us - the new spoiled Soldiers. Every generation is different and every generation talks about the past one. It is our Job as NCOs to know how to lead them. If you can't then you are irrelevant and not needed as a leader. So stop complaining about the new Soldiers and learn how to motivate and lead them. PERIOD!
I'll tell you about this generation. I've been teaching this generation since 2006, and I train my Soldiers to train this generation. This is the most technologically advanced generation in history. What I mean by that (because every generation is more technological than its preceding one) is that these children do not remember a time without computers in the classroom, without free wifi at Panera, and without the world at their fingertips be it via the internet or Netflix. This generation is team-work oriented. They are more content to work with one another than they are by themselves. They understand that numerous heads approaching a problem together goes further than one. They also enjoy success. This generation is overloaded. The per capita hours this generation spends at work (to include homework the myriad of extra-curricular activities) exceeds what any other generation has done. These children spend more time on electronic devices, but spend far less time in front of the television. This generation is also the most educated generation in history with about 50% matriculating into a college or university (compared to 20% of the entire adult population, historically). <div><br></div><div>A few negatives: This generation isn't as fit as in the past, but that's because this is a generation of plenty. This generation doesn't understand personal sacrifice in a way as previous generations, but that's because they haven't been asked to. This generation is used to instant gratification but that's because their parents have given it to them. This generation is the way it is because of the previous generations' expectations and guidance. If you want to complain about Soldiers these days, then you must start at those who reared them ie the previous generation. </div><div><br></div><div>The military is reflection of the country it serves; it is not better. We are public servants. We must remember that, and we must evolve to continue to reflect that culture lest we lose sight of this fact, and lest we begin to think we are better than those whom we serve. </div>
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