As dusk painted Chautauqua Lake soft hues of orange and purple, NOW Generation members arrived at the Athenaeum Hotel for a chance to speak casually with Army Maj. James Smith, who had lectured about the role of “military millennials” in contemporary America earlier in the week.
Throughout the week, several men and women have offered their unique perspectives on “The Next Greatest Generation.” Vice President of Google[x] Megan Smith spoke about the “creative collaboration age” wrought by technology and the Internet, and James Smith of the United States Army explained the potential role of the “military millennial” generation in rehabilitating America’s value system. Dalia Mogahed, senior research advisor at the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, lectured on U.S. engagement in the Islamic world, and political commentator Chris Hayes outlined meritocracy’s role in what he called the “fail decade.”
At 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, all four lecturers will share their different perspectives at a special panel discussion.
James Smith has taken a long hard look up and down the ranks of men and women with whom he has served in the U.S. Army, a generation of young Americans he has dubbed the “military millennials.”
Media and popular thought have told him that he’s looking at members of the narcissistic millennial generation, that what he’s seeing are lazy and depraved egoists. But Smith has found that stereotypes can only stretch so far. The hearts of the young men and women Smith has worked with don’t pulse to a solipsistic beat.
What keeps them going, Smith has learned, are the Army’s seven core values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.