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What this country needs is catchall term for those in military uniform: Any ideas?
STLtoday.com ^ | 12-27-03 | Harry Levins

Posted on 12/27/2003 10:03:37 AM PST by FairWitness

Edited on 05/11/2004 5:35:24 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Each year, Time magazine picks the "Person of the Year" (formerly known, in less sensitive times, as the "Man of the Year"). This year, that person is "the American soldier," and the magazine's cover shows three of them, all from the Army's 1st Armored Division.


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airforce; airman; anamericansoldier; army; manoftheyear; marine; marines; military; navy; sailor; soldier; timemag
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To: Prodigal Son
I'd go with warrior myself.

I agree. Some of them think of themselves as 'students'..they need to be aware of what their job really is.

61 posted on 12/27/2003 11:43:39 AM PST by Krodg
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To: FairWitness
Singular: Serviceman

Plural: Servicemen

Somehow, "Service Person" or "Servicemanorwoman" seems as jaded as it actually is.

We need to deal with political correctness, not try and change everything and sanitize the rest in order to fit within it's nasty, socialistic mold.

To those who object, I say "deal with it!".

62 posted on 12/27/2003 11:47:00 AM PST by Gritty (Political Correctness bad for our health)
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To: FairWitness
Heartbreakers and life-takers
63 posted on 12/27/2003 11:49:17 AM PST by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: John Beresford Tipton
They are sometimes called "servicemen and women"

I use those and "service member" as well.
64 posted on 12/27/2003 11:51:08 AM PST by VOA
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To: FairWitness
Infantry = Grunt
65 posted on 12/27/2003 11:54:54 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: FairWitness
I believe liberals would prefer the term "aggressors"
66 posted on 12/27/2003 11:56:27 AM PST by taxcontrol (People are entitled to their opinion - no matter how wrong it is.)
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To: FairWitness
AMP - American Military Personnel
67 posted on 12/27/2003 11:57:01 AM PST by Hank Kerchief
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To: FairWitness
They always called us 'Troop' when I was in basic. I still call all of the military no matter what branch, troops. Its non-gender specific, (For all the pc'ers out there and it rolls off the tongue.)
68 posted on 12/27/2003 12:02:44 PM PST by vladog
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To: Rider on the Rain
G.I. Right. Only took 49 posts before somebody remembered.
69 posted on 12/27/2003 12:35:36 PM PST by MoralSense
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To: Rider on the Rain
BUMP!
70 posted on 12/27/2003 12:57:12 PM PST by VMI70 (...but two Wrights made an airplane)
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To: BlueNgold
I'm partial to "Trained killers in the service of the Constitution" myself. :D
71 posted on 12/27/2003 1:04:16 PM PST by Terabitten (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of All Who Threaten It)
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To: deroberst; AngrySpud
I like "GI" too. One great thing about it is that it can only refer to US military personnel.

Ditto.

72 posted on 12/27/2003 1:12:32 PM PST by AF_Blue (It's the color of the sky when you look up to watch the jets fly over.)
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To: FairWitness
Just don't call me a leg.


73 posted on 12/27/2003 1:14:27 PM PST by rdb3 (The only problem I have with conservatism is conservatives.)
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To: rdb3
Just don't call me a leg.

Whoosh!! (sound of a comment going right over my head)

74 posted on 12/27/2003 1:25:08 PM PST by FairWitness
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To: MoralSense
Ive been GI since 1980 !
75 posted on 12/27/2003 1:56:08 PM PST by Delta 21 ("GI" since 1980)
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To: Tragically Single
I like yours too.....
76 posted on 12/27/2003 1:58:09 PM PST by Delta 21 (Trained killer in the service of the Constitution)
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To: gcruse
***Real world as in...???***

You could call it "the way things ought to be" if you're into moral principles, or simply one in which common sense is no longer banished from the thoughts of the herd.
77 posted on 12/27/2003 2:16:41 PM PST by Sir Charles
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To: FairWitness
Ummm...how 'bout calling them what they've always been called in the collective sense: the Armed Forces?! I know using tried-and-true phrases is a novel idea in our disposable culture, but sometimes simple and "old fashioned" just works best.
78 posted on 12/27/2003 2:28:29 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: A Navy Vet
Also, the way the picture was taken, showing the ID of the 1st, (who were among the last to get there), takes credit away from some who have fought and died. The picture was NOT supposed to have shown the ID of the soldier.
79 posted on 12/27/2003 2:38:47 PM PST by mathluv
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To: Lazamataz; basil
The problem is, Armed Forces is an entity as a whole. Troops has traditionally referred to individual but multiple soldiers/sailors/airmen, and Troop -- at first a strange term, but you get used to it -- has traditionally referred to a single soldier/sailor/airman.

While I truly mean no disrespect to you, Laz, you couldn't be more wrong. In the noun form, a troop is collective term defined by Mirriam-Websters Dictionary as follows:

1 a : a group of soldiers b : a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company c plural : ARMED FORCES, SOLDIERS
2 : a collection of people or things : CREW 2
3 : a flock of mammals or birds
4 : the basic organizational unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts under an adult leader

A trooper is the singular form, as in:

1 a (1) : an enlisted cavalryman (2) : the horse of a cavalryman b : PARATROOPER c : SOLDIER
2 a : a mounted police officer b : a state police officer

Just because so many in our dufus media use the term "troop" when they refer to an individual soldier, doesn't make the usage correct. Just means they are the products of our pathetic education system.

80 posted on 12/27/2003 2:38:55 PM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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