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So why aren't millennials flocking to such opportunities? Fear of losing control is what deters most of them from joining, DuVal said. "I agree that my generation has a problem with commitment, and having to sign a multiple-year contract scares many away." Veit agrees. "Of all the kids I grew up with, none are in the military," she said. "They just don't see themselves joining; they don't want the structure or the responsibility. A lot of them are still drifting, some are still in college," she said. And there's this: "My peers are used to having a say in everything they do and having the creative liberty to do things the way they want," DuVal said. "After graduation from college, many of my friends sought jobs that would give them the ability to have control over their projects and the freedom to work from anywhere, maybe once or twice a week." Millennials have expectations that have been "shaped by cutting-edge companies that can provide their employees flexibility that the military cannot," DuVal said. Ask the Army if it's OK to telecommute-not gonna happen. The Navy, too, concedes that competition from innovative companies is a problem. "Talent is tough to draw in and even tougher to keep," said Lt. Jessica Anderson, chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs. "Corporate businesses are adapting. We need to as well. We need modern personnel policies and retention tools that offer flexibility and choice." And while the Navy is making some changes, not all of them apply to the Navy Reserve. For example, the Navy increased maternity leave to 12 weeks for new mothers, but only for those on active duty. There are more opportunities in the Navy's Career Intermission Program, but only for active-duty sailors. However, the Navy's new relaxed policies on tattoos apply to all sailors, Anderson said. Inflexible personnel policies aren't the only thing that deters millennials. "Many [millennials] don't agree with the ongoing wars in the Middle East and probably do not want to participate in something they personally disagree with," DuVal said. "Or perhaps they are just flat-out freaked out at the prospect of being injured or killed." Recruiters need to change their approach Ron Alsop, author of The Trophy Kids Grow Up, calls millennials "the most coddled generation in history" (see "A Distinctly Different Generation," Page 25). Team players, tech savvy and 22 THE OFFICER / FALL 2016 U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Audrey Hayes Military Needs to Adapt Spc. Cameron Cussen, a U.S. Army Reserve motor transport operator from Garden City, Michigan, assigned to the 303rd Military Police Company, laughs with fellow soldiers between events during the Army physical fitness test. Military recruiters say the services need modern policies that offer flexibility and choice to attract and retain millennials. achievement-oriented, but risk-averse, self-important and dependent on their parents: How do millennials fit into the military? Those who do serve have done very well, Howe said. Military leaders report that "these kids are the best troops they have ever had," he said. But for most millennials, "when it comes to the military, they're less of a service generation and more of a 'thank you for your service' generation," Howe said. A December 2015 poll by Harvard University's Institute of Politics bears that out. After the mid-November terrorist attacks in Paris, 60 percent of the 18-to-29-year-olds who were asked said they would support sending U.S. combat troops to fight Islamic State terrorists. But of the same group, 62 percent said they would "definitely not" join that fight. To DuVal, the Army Reserve lieutenant, the low participation rate by millennials is in part attributable to how they are approached. It would help a lot if the services developed a better sales pitch. "They need to realize how much they can appeal to millennials," DuVal said. "Honestly, I think that my generation gets bored with their work and [career] field much faster than older generations. Joining the Reserve services allows citizens to manage two careers and adds a sense of purpose to their otherwise monotonous working lives." That's a pitch the Reserves should emphasize, he said, along with job security, technical training, enlistment bonuses, tuition payments, student loan repayments and other benefits.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Officer - Fall 2016

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
OPENING SHOTS
FEEDBACK
CAPITOL HILL CONNECTION
HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
HEALTH CARE REFORM
SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
ATTEN-SHUN!
SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD RESERVE
NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS (M & RA)
ARMY RESERVE
MARINE FORCES RESERVE
NAVY RESERVE
COAST GUARD RESERVE
AIR FORCE RESERVE
RESERVE LIFE
2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
PROUD TO SERVE
DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
BOOK REVIEWS
STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
STARS INDUSTRY NEWS
USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
BOEING’S C-40A CLIPPER JET BRINGS POWER AND SAVINGS TO THE NAVY
STARS BRIEFS
SALVO
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
The Officer - Fall 2016 - OPENING SHOTS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - FEEDBACK
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEALTH CARE REFORM
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ATTEN-SHUN!
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
The Officer - Fall 2016 - ARMY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - MARINE FORCES RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - NAVY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - COAST GUARD RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - AIR FORCE RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - 2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PROUD TO SERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - BOOK REVIEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
The Officer - Fall 2016 - USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS BRIEFS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SALVO
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