Culture Clash

Why "Millennial Military Family?"

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I selected the name Millennial Military Family as a dedication to our current time and place in history. The concept of generations hold significant sociological value when we research and try to understand history. One of the most important factors when studying military history is looking at generations. For example, If you think back to WWII (labeled the greatest generation or the GI Generation who fought for us ), you might think of key words such as " grandparents generation", “Germany” or “Victory”. If you think of Vietnam (the baby boomers who fought for us) your keywords might be "Baby Boomer" “activist” or "Veteran". Next to follow would be Generation X (Latch Keys) and then Millennial ( marked by the digital age and the great recession).

The way we study history is changing. In the many years to come, scholars and everyday people will study history by looking at technological platforms such as online diaries, blogs, vlogs, etc. Online platforms are easily preserved and give a vivid glimpse into our daily lives.

Millennial Military Family is paradoxical in a sense. Let’s look at what millennials are known for, or the key words that pop into your head. It is the most liberal generation in history. The military is historically more conservative. This generation is coming into a culture with what is typically more conservative, so we have what is known as a culture clash. What does it mean to be a millennial, and what does it mean to be a millennial family living the active duty life? Are we really the stereotypical bean bag sitting, lazy complainers, that cannot take an order that the media depicts us to be? Maybe we fall into the middle, since research shows some of the stereotypes to be true. I argue that we will be the best adapted for the military are military family life, as we are the most resilient generation given the factors endured as a generation. For example, the great recession. We are the most versatile, resilient, resourceful, and survivalist group history has yet to see.

What do you think about this sociological and historical topic?