Soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors

United States Marines don’t like to be called soldiers. Unless you wish to cause mild offense, refer to them as Marines (usually capitalized). Members of the U.S. Army and National Guard are soldiers. Members of the Air Force are airmen. Members of the Navy are sailors.

Examples

Among active-duty Army soldiers, there were 156 potential suicides in 2010, down slightly from 162 in 2009. [USA Today]

A former Marine from Pinehurst has filed a $16 million federal lawsuit against the government.  [Southern Pines Pilot]

The airmen completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. [Sumter Item]

More and more, the Navy is turning to simulators to train its sailors. [The Virginian-Pilot]

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