A New Generation of Cadets Upholds the Legacy of the Long Gray Line

West Point Cadets in Gray Overcoat Today’s cadet is considered to be a member of what is now dubbed “Generation Z.” According to the Pew Research Center, this new generational cohort began in 1997, the birth year of Cadet Daine Van de  Wall ’20, this year’s First Captain. Per the Beloit Mindset List—an annual compilation of the societal events, innovations, and attitudes that define that year’s college students—for members of Generation Z, cloning has always been a mundane laboratory procedure, they have always had eBay and various Apple Inc. “i” products (iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPad, and iPhone), and the United States has always been at war. Whereas Millennials, the immediately preceding generation, are referred to as “digital natives,” members of Generation Z are seen as “digital integrators,” never having known a world without computers or cell phones, which they have integrated seamlessly into their lives. They are also motivated by security, value independence and entrepreneurial ideas, and navigate the demographic changes affecting American society with apparent ease. So, what is the Corps of 2020 like? Read more.

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