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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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Comments

  1. What about the really aggravating habit of broadcast and print journalists
    of referring to one soldier/sailor/airman/Marine
    as a troop? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/8979891/Three-Nato-soldiers-killed-in-roadside-bomb-attack-in-Afghanistan.html

  2. Is there a term you can use when you want to refer to these all together?

  3. Every single one of these should be capitalized. It is Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors. If you are not sure of the branch or rank then U.S. Service Member is appropriate to use.

  4. kwhit1902111 says:

    If your in the Marines then your a marine. If your in the Army then your a grunt. If your in the Navy then your a swaby, & if your in the air Force your an airman. But if your in the service your are all grouped up as SOLDIERS.

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