National Affairs: Call Me Mister

From the upper echelons, the word came down: no more shall any Army handout, speech or record refer to an infantryman as a G.I. The Army thought that G.I. (which came out of World War II and stands for Government Issue) was too undignified. Henceforth, "all references to a man in the Army should identify him primarily as a soldier . . . The term soldier is ancient and honorable. Webster defines a soldier as 'a skilled warrior' and never before in history has a soldier so richly deserved this definition."


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