Millennials (b. 1980-1995) now comprise nearly 100% of the Active Component (AC) NCO (E5-E8) and middle officer ranks (O2-05). Generation Z (b. 1996-2010) now comprise nearly the entirety of the AC junior enlisted ranks and the majority of company grade officers. All officers graduating now from universities and service academies are Generation Z. Check our topics below for more on how to engage and equip the next generation of soldiers.
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Understanding, Training, and Leading Gen Z in Military Contexts
The world has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Views on authority, institutions, and work habits have shifted significantly, while technology has transformed communication and education. This seminar discusses how cultural trends have impacted Generation Z (b. 1996-2010), delving into societal, educational, and technological influences on the values and behaviors of the next generation. Key strategies will be discussed for engaging and training this tech-savvy, creative, individualistic, and diverse generational cohort, and developing them for future leadership. In conclusion, essential insights for intergenerational leadership, with unique implications for the military context, will be discussed.
Recruiting the Next Generation of Soldiers
This seminar is focused on attracting Generation Z military and civilians into a military career. Millennials (b. 1980-1995) now comprise a large majority of military service men and women and Generation Z (b. 1996-2010) is beginning their careers. Roughly 70% of young people (Gen Z) today indicate that they want to be entrepreneurs, using their skills to do something meaningful outside of a traditional institutional context. So, how can the military engage and attract this tech-savvy, creative, and diverse generational cohort? This program will present an overview of Generation Z traits and values. Attendees will learn practical strategies for communicating and connecting with young people as they seek to recruit qualified individuals to serve in the military.
Gen Z (b. 1996-2010) and Generation Alpha (b. 2012-) are growing up with unprecedented access to information, 24/7 connection to the world via screens, and changing cultural values. As technology use has increased for young people, so has anxiety, depression, and the fear of failure. At the same time, emotional connectedness, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills have suffered. This program will present essential practices for developing healthy relationships with our kids, helping them develop critical skills, and setting effective guidelines to keep them safe, healthy, and meaningfully connected in a digital world.