Generation Y (those born between 1980 and 2000) comprises the junior officer ranks currently serving in the naval services. Collectively, they are referred to as “millennials.” They have grown up with social media in the age of community, innovation, connection, and fast progress. As a member of Generation Y, I can attest to millennials’ unique perspective on leadership and authority.
As millennials grew up, technology was part of their world—growing, evolving, and taking on a new role in culture. “A lot of people who aren’t millennials talk about how millennials view technology differently; I don’t even think they view it as something external—it’s simply part of their lives,” said Jeff Watson, partner at Monitor360. “ . . . technology is how millennials live their lives, view their world, and interact with each other.”1