Why Continue to Serve? A Letter to Millennial SWOs
I have a challenge for you “millennials” now serving as surface warfare officer (SWO) junior officers on active duty in our great Navy if you are considering leaving military service. I review the junior officer (JO) and exit-survey information and know you have many good reasons for leaving. I am very troubled by the manpower summaries that show you are not affiliating with the Navy’s Reserve component. You joined to serve, yet when you transition from active duty, you leave behind another great opportunity. I ask that you consider continuing to serve in the Reserve.
Obviously, I believe in “generational theory.” Millennials, as a generation, have a propensity to serve. I see what you do every day around the world and consider you another “greatest generation.” You are serving during the most difficult economic challenge since the Great Depression and in a war against people who would do anything to destroy everybody and everything that you love.