The image typically conjured by the term Soldier is that of a member of the Armed Forces trudging through the woods, with a large pack on their back and wearing thick boots. This imagery is accurate - soldiers specialize in serving primarily as defenders of a country's land.
The term generally refers to an individual serving in a nation's Army, although in the media "Soldier" or "troop" has referred to members of the Armed Services as a whole. For example, Marines are technically not soldiers, but the media has referred to "soldiers in the field" in a more general way.
- Raymond Oliver. Why is the Colonel called "kernal"? The origin of the ranks and rank insignia now used by the United States armed forces, McClellan Aviation Museum. Retrieved on 2011-04-22. “A Soldier is a person who serves in a military force for pay. His name comes from the Latin soldus, a contraction of another Latin word solidus, a Roman coin used for, among other things, paying military men.” mirror