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Chris Roessner, the Army vet who turned his Iraq experiences into the controversial Netflix film Sand Castle, wants you to lay off all that talk of lazy, entitled, awful Millennials. In fact, Roessner believes, your “support the troops” talk is pointless if you’re trashing the generation that’s actually doing the fighting.

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At last, something Old Guard military leaders and the mainstream media’s self-appointed experts can apparently agree on: Millennials are lazy, entitled participation trophy-seeking snowflakes. If you’re a member of this maligned generation, you’re likely to disagree. If you’re in the service, you’re likely to have to work a little harder to get your respect.

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Lazy. Entitled. Snowflakes. Those are perhaps three of the most common words associated with the millennial generation. Classified as those who reached adulthood in the early 21st century, this age group is hated by the media and employers alike. TIME Magazine even referred to it as the “me, me, me” generation.

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Millennials have gotten a bad rap for a little while now. Many military personnel and civilians alike rant in person and online about how millennials are lazy and entitled. While those disparaging remarks may or may not have merit outside the military, those millennials in the military have nothing to be ashamed of. While millennials may be different from those who preceded them, they are equals to any of their forebears.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Christopher Manganaro originally appeared on The Military Leader, a blog by Drew Steadman that provides leader development resources and insight for leaders of all professions.

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