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Posted on Oct 23, 2015
PO3 John Aldrich
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MSgt James Mullis
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Good article. However, I disagree with one point made in the article, that being "Millennials question authority". While this has become almost a cultural meme, in my experience what really happens is that Millennials tend to "defer to experts and/or the group consensus". This is similar but not the same as "questioning authority". The hippies of the 60's questioned authority when told to do something, the Millennials tend to look around them and go along with the majority. Try this experiment the next time you're in a group setting (I used to do it while teaching classes), ask a Millennial his opinion on any subject. He or she will begin answering while looking to each of his peers for validation. You can often see their position change based on the looks of his or her peers.
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Good point, James. Thank you for your input.
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Capt Mark Strobl
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The "next gen's" will always come under scrutiny from the Archie Bunkers of the world. In some ways, they've proved us wrong. And, they've proved us right. Embrace 'em... despite any criticism, they define our future.

Good read, PO3 John Aldrich!
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Capt Craig Gilman
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Overall, I agree. Each generation has to deal with the generational bias of the preceding generations, all of whom seem to think they are the "greatest." I do not fret our future concerning Millennials. It will be interesting to see if they can do a better job than today's politicians (how is that for a stereotype?) :-)
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I think they will make great politicians. They will, after all, administer our retirement. :)
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