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A Distinctly Different Generation Generation X that preceded them, said Neil Howe, a historian and demographer who studies the generations and advises organizations, including the U.S. military, on generational attitudes and behaviors. Born between 1982 and 2003, millennials emerged during a period in which America rediscovered childhood and children were valued, Howe said. "Everyone sacrificed on behalf of the kids," Howe said. Parents bought minivans and stuck "Baby on Board" signs in their car windows, warning other drivers to be careful. New safety laws required kids to wear bicycle helmets and made it illegal to ride in the back of pickup trucks. Amber Alerts were invented. Anxious to keep their kids safe, parents opted to keep them busy, signing them up for youth soccer teams and dance and music lessons, and then faithfully shuttled them to and from practice. As a result, millennials grew up to be team players-on teams where everyone got a trophy. They also grew up to be dependent on their parents. More than their predecessors, millennials have close relationships with their parents, Howe said. "Highly involved parents have followed millennials through every stage of life, attending 'mommy and me' preschool classes, challenging poor grades and helping students register for college classes," he said. As the millennials progressed, education became a top issue on America's political agenda, Howe said. Millennials were subjected to "a widening torrent of grades, stars, aptitude tests and weekly interim reports." That turned millennials into the most achievement-oriented youth generation in recent memory, he said. They are not like the baby boomers, who rebelled against their parents, the Vietnam War and the U.S. government in the 1960s. And they're not like Gen X, the latchkey kids of the 1970s, who were left to fend for themselves while both parents-if there were two parents in the household-had to work. While they haven't rebelled against "the system" the way the boomers did-open rebellion is not the millennials' style-millennials "don't think 'the system' works," Howe said. So they're not inclined to join the system, including the military. Through mobile technology, millennials have increased "their interconnection to a level never before seen in human history," Howe said. In fact, they're "digital natives" who not only are comfortable with technology, but embrace it. "Most have never experienced life without computers, the internet and mobile devices," Army Lt. Col. Heather Garrett wrote in a 2011 study of millennials. Millennials also have high self-esteem. "They've been told that they're special, and they believe it," Howe said. "More than the generations that came before, millennials have grown up feeling wanted and important." But they've been so carefully shepherded through childhood that "they fear risk and dread failure," he said. -W.M. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephen D. Schester Just who are these millennials? They are nothing like the baby boomers or U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Michelle Reidel is an air transportation member from the 30th Aeroport Squadron, Air Reserve Station, Niagara Falls, New York. As a generation, millennials grew up to be team players, but they don't think "the system" works, so they're not inclined to join the system, including the military. THE OFFICER / FALL 2016 25

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
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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 - ATTEN-SHUN!
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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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