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A history/terminology question

bladerunner060
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2/3/2014 1:27:13 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
So I got into a discussion with someone, and the question was raised:

What's the generic term for someone in a country's military?

I believed it was "soldier"--that, while it connotes ground forces, in the case of unknown/uncertainty whether someone is a seaman, an airman, or a soldier, "soldier" was the generic term that could be used.

I know in modern parlance "service member" is used as the "generic term", but I'm under the impression that's a relatively recent phrasing.

So what IS the "older" generic term for service member?
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2/5/2014 11:16:03 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
*bump one last time, 'cause seriously I would like thoughts on this.*
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2/6/2014 9:02:54 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
"Fighting men" is one that was used in WWII to encompass men of all services I believe. I think serviceman isn't that new of a designation either
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