Suppose you are reading this and love going out to the countryside, surfing, other outdoor activities or other methods of socialising with friends and other groups. In that case, you are not stereotypical Zoomers born between 1997 and 2010.
Zoomers or Generation Z despise any form of socialisation, especially necessary in a modern military, that the United States Army.
Zoomers would prefer to lock themselves in their rooms, work really hard, and never have to leave their accommodation and remain within the comfort of t their homes.
Generation Z is the first generation raised using the Internet and social media.
In many ways, their experiences are similar to those of millennials born between 1981 and 1996.
Both generations went through the 2001 9/11 terrorist attack and the Twin Towers’ destruction in New York, and both experienced the financial crisis of 2008.
The crucial difference is that millennials are the last generation who grew up before social media was established in the late 2000s.
The US military has had recruitment issues for a while, and the next generation reaching the recruitment age, aka Zoomers who hate all things social, won’t be making it any easier. But this isn’t just a US military issue; this is the leading edge of a recruiting crisis for everyone.
The good news is that we already have a solid understanding of Zoomers, not just from an inflow to the labour market perspective but also culturally.
They are ethnically diverse, open-minded, good with tech, highly educated, and loyal workers but very anti-social.
It also means that in the long-term, in the middle of the 21st century, Zoomers may not reproduce because for men and women to have a family and children, they need to be able to communicate, which is necessary, especially with intercourse.
However, there is hope with the millennial generation.
Still, unfortunately, with the 2008 economic crash, they are at least five years behind economically than previous generations due to that crisis affecting their ability to gain new skills and enter the workforce.
What this means in terms of population is that millennials are starting to have children later than previous generations, and the youngest millennials of 2023 are now 27 years old.
Adapting to the expertise and preferences of Zoomers will help shape what the US military looks like over the next few decades, and it’s likely a sign of things to come.
We could look at the Ukrainians using drones in their war against the Russian Federation to secure independence.