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Thread: Why does Army Times not capitalize the word "Soldier"?

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    Re: Why does Army Times not capitalize the word "Soldier"?

    It's a simple explanation. The word Soldier is only capitalized in the Army Writing Style, the one that we all know and use for writing counseling, awards, and evaluation reports. Media outlets normally stick to a collegiate format like APA. In APA soldier is not capitalized because it is a regular noun; however, when used as a title like sergeant or Sergeant York it is capitalized.

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    Re: Why does Army Times not capitalize the word "Soldier"?

    "Marine" shouldn't be capitalize either then unless it meets those same criteria for capitalizing "Soldier" that some posters have said. That's my main complaint, that "Marine" is traditionally capitalized but no other descriptor is for the other services (soldier, sailor, airman).

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    Re: Why does Army Times not capitalize the word "Soldier"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Creaminess View Post
    "Marine" shouldn't be capitalize either then unless it meets those same criteria for capitalizing "Soldier" that some posters have said. That's my main complaint, that "Marine" is traditionally capitalized but no other descriptor is for the other services (soldier, sailor, airman).
    +1 Creaminess. It should be since it is a noun.

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    Re: Why does Army Times not capitalize the word "Soldier"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasPaine View Post
    It's a simple explanation. The word Soldier is only capitalized in the Army Writing Style, the one that we all know and use for writing counseling, awards, and evaluation reports. Media outlets normally stick to a collegiate format like APA. In APA soldier is not capitalized because it is a regular noun; however, when used as a title like sergeant or Sergeant York it is capitalized.
    As a former Army Public Affairs soldier, this is what I learned as a writer. There was no legitimate reason to capitalize Army or Soldier, except some brass thought it would be awesome to be like Marines.

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