Are Millennials Compatible With U.S. Military Culture?

An editorial in a magazine published by the U.S. Naval Institute grouses about the behavior of Millennials: their constant texting ignores the chain of command and they’re way too laid back to serve in the military. A Millennial naval officer has responded online—and he blew those complaints out of the water.


I consider it a privilege to learn with and from generations worth of warriors in the military.  I would imagine previous generations wondered the same about my clan when we entered the ranks.  In the end, it’s about communicating–leading through engagement.  As a result, today’s generation of leaders must lean into their discomfort to learn the language of today’s generation of hopefuls in order to engage, communicate and interact in a way that is both meaningful and valuable to all involved.  This is exactly why embracing, rather than fearing, social media is so important–it is a stream of communication that should be explored by anyone hoping to reach out and connect.

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Matthew Fritz is a leader and mentor in the field of complex organizational change, emotional intelligence, and organization strategy. A successful DoD senior-acquisition program manager and test leader, Matt has earned documented success in the areas of test and evaluation, assessment, technology development and flight operations. He has specialized experience in cost, schedule and performance management and is an active duty Field-Grade Officer with command-experience in the United States Air Force. Matt is also a certified acquisition professional, as well as a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner. He is the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success” and actively blogs with other military leaders at, as well as his personal blog at He and his wife, Stacy, enjoy life with their daughter and son in New Mexico.

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