Leading the Next Generation

As the newest batch of lieutenants and ensigns savor the moment, we don’t know if they’ll see 17 years (out of 20) of war or cleaning up a country after the socialists and communists initiated yet another Peoples’ Paradise just for their own tribe. Warfare has changed in that time. Desert Storm was a marvel of technological expertise and AirLand Battle. The next fight was the Mog, were technology was confounded by the low-tech mindset of the warlords and the absence of a Motorized Rifle Regiment to fight the Americans. As our technology improved, the combat become more primitive. Generationally-speaking, our military consists of Baby Boomers, Gen X, and millennials. Each generation is significantly different from the others.  To defend this great Nation, these new officers will have to master the second greatest battle: leading their age-peers.

Before delving into the many hurdles faced by leaders of millennials today as well as some potential answers to those problems, it is important to understand that although millennials come with a healthy set of issues, they have many positive qualities that, if the hurdles can be overcome, the payoff is well worth it. Millennials are very adaptive to new and emerging technology and practices due to the rise of modern technology and the internet boom occurring during their adolescent, teen, and early adult years. It is a common sentiment among older generations that technology has stunted the younger generation intellectually, rendering them incapable of critical thinking or even the most basic of common sense. This is not a new idea. In the late 400s B.C., the accepted manner of transference of information was the spoken word. Philosophers memorized and internalized ideas and stories and thought that writing things down was an act of laziness. Socrates spoke against the corruption of modern technology, the written word. Conrad Gessner echoed his sentiment in the 16th century when he spoke of the “confusing and harmful abundance of books.”

Meanwhile, the Navy has initiated a “Ranger School” for its Surface Warfare Officers. Now that the Navy’s drive to invest in the human dimension of its combat capabilities are known, the Russian and PLA-very friendly Social Justice Warriors will be monitoring the graduation of these “Witties” for appropriate demographic representation.

Off topic: I do hope you all enjoyed the New Market parade. Given the anti-history, anti-Confederacy hysteria sweeping the PC South (of which Virginia is its Queen), how much longer before “Virginia Mourning Her Dead” and the graves are removed, and the uniforms altered to reflect a post-slavery era, and other reminders like Jackson Arch and JM Hall are renamed for Occupy WallStreet and Fidel Castro? Given Virginia’s Attorney General, was this the last New Market parade?

About DaveO

Retired soldier, micro-farmer, raconteur and pet owner from the great state of Oklahoma. Wandered in as a frequent commenter and have been enjoying blogging ever since.
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