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Sailor Vs. Soldier

I’ve gotten a number of e-mails questioning the use of “soldier” last night in describing Kerry (during the video). One e-mail: “Just a note on the Kerry Speech. Did you notice how the film and even Kerry himself kept referring to Kerry as a “soldier”? As a soldier my self in the National Guard I think it is kind of strange that a former Navy Officer would refer to himself as a soldier instead of a sailor. I spoke to a couple of guys at work and they thought the same thing, they’d never refer to themselves as soldiers. (Try calling a marine a soldier, or a soldier a sailor). I think that this is a result of some focus group testing that found the word soldier more rousing than sailor. My brother, a former sailor, would probably feel that his Service was insulted here.”

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