It just ticks me off when I see things like this. They post a picture of a Marine and call him/her a Soldier. Just like this one was posted on the front of the news page of Yahoo! with the caption under the photo saying, "Honoring the Soldiers."
Every Marine earned that name; along with their eagle, globe and anchor by going thru the Crucible. For those who don't know what the Crucible is, it is a test of strength, endurance, pain, teamwork, and bravery. And that's just to name a few of the challenges they face during the afore mentioned test.
Just like all Airmen(Air Force), Seamen/Sailors(Navy), Soldiers(Army) have earned their own titles by their own right they should be called correctly. It is an insult to call them anything else. If you want to lump them all together, call them TROOPS. They are not all Soldiers.
I call my dh a "Soldier" just to get under his skin. It seems that me calling him that can get him aggitated like nothing else can. I find it quite humorous. Of course he does not. hehehehehe. But I have shed many a tear, put in many long hours alone, done many packings for his last minute missions/deployments; therefore I have earned that right to harrass him as such. The media has not. Whether they realize it or it's just plain ole stupidity. (If anything, the media has damaged them all to the networks' benefit by making up stories or twisting the truth.)
Please, do not call a troop by the wrong title. Even though you are trying to show them respect, you are not. Here is a list of what to call them:
Air Force- Airman