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A soldier is one who fights as part of an army. A soldier can be a conscripted or volunteer enlisted person, a non-commissioned officer, or an officer.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Occupational designations 3 Other terms 4 Career soldiers and conscripts

4.1 Women as soldiers

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Etymology[edit] The word soldier derives from the Middle English
Middle English
word soudeour, from Old French
Old French
soudeer or soudeour, meaning mercenary, from soudee, meaning shilling's worth or wage, from sou or soud, shilling.[1] The word is also related to the Medieval Latin
Medieval Latin
soldarius, meaning soldier (literally, "one having pay").[2] These words ultimately derive from the Late Latin
Late Latin
word solidus, referring to an Ancient Roman coin used in the Byzantine Empire.[1][2] Occupational designations[edit] In most armed forces use of the word "soldier" has taken on a more general meaning due to the increasing specialization of military occupations that require different areas of knowledge and skill-sets. As a result, "soldiers" are referred to by names or ranks which reflect an individual's military occupation specialty arm, service, or branch of military employment, their type of unit, or operational employment or technical use such as: trooper, tanker (a member of tank crew), commando, dragoon, infantryman, artilleryman, marine, paratrooper, grenadier, ranger, sniper, engineer, sapper, craftsman, signaller, medic, or a gunner. Other terms[edit] In many countries soldiers serving in specific occupations are referred to by terms other than their occupational name. For example, military police personnel in the British Army
Army
are known as "red caps" because of the colour of their caps (and berets). Infantry
Infantry
are sometimes called "grunts" (in the United States Army
Army
or United States Marine Corps) or "squaddies" (in the British Army), while U.S. Army
Army
artillery crews, or "gunners," are sometimes referred to as "redlegs", from the service branch color for artillery.[citation needed] U.S. soldiers are often called "G.I.s" (short for the term "General Issue"). Members of the Marine Corps
Corps
are typically referred to as "marines" rather than "soldiers".[3] In the United States, the term warfighter is often used to refer collectively to all whose job it is to do the actual fighting, although in 2011 the U.S. Army
Army
officially started calling its combat personnel soldiers instead of warfighters, in part to avoid confusion among "warfighters" assigned to peace-keeping or other types of duties beyond combat activities.[4] The army has not completely phased out this terminology and still uses "warfighter" in various contexts such as the Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical. French Marine Infantry
Infantry
are called marsouins (French: porpoises) because of their amphibious role.[citation needed] Military
Military
units in most armies have nicknames of this type, arising either from items of distinctive uniform, some historical connotation or rivalry between branches or regiments. Career soldiers and conscripts[edit] Some soldiers, such as conscripts or draftees, serve a single limited term. Others choose to serve until retirement; then they receive a pension and other benefits. In the United States, military members can retire after 20 years.[5] In other countries, the term of service is 30 years, hence the term "30-year man". Women as soldiers[edit] According to the United Nations, 10-30% of all soldiers worldwide are women.[6] See also[edit]

Airman Marine Military
Military
use of children Seaman

References[edit]

^ a b Mish, Frederick C., ed. (2004). "soldier". Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. ISBN 0-87779-809-5.  ^ a b Harper, Douglas (2010). "Online Etymology Dictionary". Retrieved 17 August 2010.  ^ "Don't call a Marine a soldier or sailor". The News-Times. Danbury, CT. September 25, 2005. Retrieved January 28.  Check date values in: access-date= (help) ^ Patton, Mark (2011-08-14). "Wordsmiths take aim at simplifying acronyms for Army". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2015-07-23.  Citing the potential for ambiguity in meaning of term "warfighter" (which could, like the term "firefighter" be read to mean "one who fights to stop or prevent wars"). ^ "20-Year Retirement". Armytimes.com. Retrieved 8 March 2012.  ^ admin. "Congolese young women participating in conflict must actively participate in post-conflict stabilisation -". 

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