"God bless all of our soldiers", "Pray for the soldiers that are deployed", "Soldiers sacrifice so we don't have to"
All of those statements are very nice and warm the hearts of Americans when they see them but me, it annoys the CRAP out of me! It irritates me that the general public thinks that everyone in the military is considered a soldier, but it even further irritates me when family members, including parents refer to their Sailor or Marine as a soldier...
SOLDIER = ARMY
MARINE = MARINES
SAILOR = NAVY
AIRMAN = AIR FORCE
COASTIE = COAST GUARD
Its not a difficult concept to understand! It isn't anything against the Army either- its not their fault that the public doesn't know the difference. When I watch the news and hear about my husband's unit and them being referred to as soldiers irritates me, they didn't earn the title "soldier", they earned the title "Marine".
It's just as easy to say "God bless all of our troops", "Pray for the troops that are deployed", "The military sacrifices so we don't have to."