Being respectful of others, being respected, and respecting ourselves increases our efficiency, self-esteem, and overall well-being. Understanding how different generations communicate and adapting to those preferences can foster a positive relationship of mutual respect. Below are some things to think about when communicating with others from a different generation:

-          “The Silent Generation” (born before 1945) prefer one-on-one, formal communication.

-          “Baby Boomers” (born 1946-1964) prefer spoken communication that explains the “why” of a matter.

-          “Generation X” (born 1965-1979) prefer to use email for correspondence; however, when talking in person they prefer short informal conversation.

-          “Millennials” (born 1980-1995) prefer to use their phones for texting and email and rarely talk on the phone.

-          “Generation Z” (born after 1996) communicate through images and text, and have been raised with mobile devices being readily available.


Marine Corps Family Team Building helps you understand why respect is important by gaining a better understanding of what each generation may be saying. The “Bridging the Generation Gap” class teaches participants the unique characteristics of the many generations that exist today. For more information and course dates, contact your local Marine Corps Family Team Building Office.