Characteristics of Generation GI

They were children of the WWI (World War I) generation and fighters in WWII (World War II) and they were young in the Great Depression, all leading to solid models of teamwork to overcome and progress.
Major Characteristics
  • Assertive and energetic do’ers.
  • Marriage was for life; divorce and having children out of wedlock were not acknowledged.
  • Excellent team players.
  • Community-minded.
  • Strongly interested in personal morality and near-absolute standards of right and wrong.
  • Strong sense of personal civic duty, which means they vote.
  • Strong loyalty to jobs, groups, schools, etc.
  • There was no “retirement” you worked until you’re died or couldn’t work anymore.
  • Age of radio and air flight; they were the generation that remembers life without airplanes, radio, and TV.
  • Most of them grew up without modern conveniences like refrigerators, electricity and air conditioning.
  • Sometimes called The Greatest Generation.

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