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  • What do you call a Canadian military member?

    Question for the Canadians on the list, or anyone else who may know.

    I just saw a Canadian military person. In the US we would call them a soldier (Army), Marine (obvious), Sailor (Navy) or freak (Air Force*). In Canada there is only one service so what do you call them? Soldiers? Does it depend on their job?

    Enlighten me please!

    *Just kidding, Airman is real term.
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    'Duncan' seemed to work fine for me.

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    • #3
      Any of these terms will do.

      Exhausted.

      Overworked.

      Underpaid.

      But as the term "Canadian Armed Forces" is how they are called collectively, hard to say.

      Not much point in getting too picky though. There's not really enough to sub divide that much.
      Life is change. Built models for decades.
      Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
      I didn't for a long time either.

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      • #4
        Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
        Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


        "Never pet a burning dog."

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        • #5
          Bellringer.

          Apologies to all of the fine Salvation Army folks out there.

          1. Even if you could make something idiot proof they would just go out and build a better idiot.
          2. The road to hell is paved by a hard working asphalt crew of meddlesome legislators.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Janos View Post
            Question for the Canadians on the list, or anyone else who may know.

            I just saw a Canadian military person. In the US we would call them a soldier (Army), Marine (obvious), Sailor (Navy) or freak (Air Force*). In Canada there is only one service so what do you call them? Soldiers? Does it depend on their job?

            Enlighten me please!

            *Just kidding, Airman is real term.
            Most nations have "one" Defence Force (Bundeswehr, Försvarsmakt, with different sub branches i.e Army, Navy and Air Farce. We all call the respective member in the same manner as you posted above, except the fly boys, because we generally dont talk about them. The Marine´s out in the world are of course not a branch of its own, but often a part of the Navy.
            Last edited by Pergite; 15 Nov 07, 12:47.
            "The secret of war lies in the communications" - Napoleon Bonaparte

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            • #7
              Maybe inept?

              The safest place in Korea was behind a platoon of Marines. Lord how they could fight! - MGEN Frank Lowe, U.S. Army.
              ----
              We got a kinder, gentler, Machine gun hand - N.Y.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pergite View Post


                  Most nations have "one" Defence Force (Bundeswehr, Försvarsmakt, with different sub branches i.e Army, Navy and Air Farce. We all call the respective member in the same manner as you posted above, except the fly boys, because we generally dont talk about them. The Marine´s out in the world are of course not a branch of its own, but often a part of the Navy.
                  Well, yeah, but you seem to have missed my point. The Canadians do not subdivide. It's one service.

                  Now back to the question -- what do you call them?
                  Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                  Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                  "Never pet a burning dog."

                  RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
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                  http://www.sca.org
                  http://www.scv.org/
                  http://www.scouting.org/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Janos View Post
                    Well, yeah, but you seem to have missed my point. The Canadians do not subdivide. It's one service.

                    Now back to the question -- what do you call them?
                    To be serious, I still call em soldier, sailor, airman etc. but I'm sure that's wrong. Probably "military personnel" or maybe their rank.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by McCoy View Post
                      Maybe inept?
                      That certainly does not describe the Canadians I have served with.
                      Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                      Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                      "Never pet a burning dog."

                      RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
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                      http://www.sca.org
                      http://www.scv.org/
                      http://www.scouting.org/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by joea View Post
                        Sorry, couldn't help it. Here's some inept Swedes just for you!

                        The safest place in Korea was behind a platoon of Marines. Lord how they could fight! - MGEN Frank Lowe, U.S. Army.
                        ----
                        We got a kinder, gentler, Machine gun hand - N.Y.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by McCoy View Post
                          Sorry, couldn't help it. Here's some inept Swedes just for you!
                          Never met an inept Swede either...but there was this one female Swedish doc. When she was on rotation at the hospital on our compound, sick call rates went through the roof!
                          Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                          Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                          "Never pet a burning dog."

                          RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
                          http://www.mormon.org
                          http://www.sca.org
                          http://www.scv.org/
                          http://www.scouting.org/

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                          • #14
                            Hehe, that I can believe!
                            The safest place in Korea was behind a platoon of Marines. Lord how they could fight! - MGEN Frank Lowe, U.S. Army.
                            ----
                            We got a kinder, gentler, Machine gun hand - N.Y.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by McCoy View Post
                              Sorry, couldn't help it. Here's some inept Swedes just for you!

                              That is not ineptitude, that is skill!*


                              *Skill might in this case also mean a sh*t load of luck


                              @ Janos

                              Thank you, I didnt knew. Those CF men and woment I have met have managed to fool me quite well then. Heck, even their offical homepages says Canadian Navy and Canadian Amry. Come to think of it, I even have a Canadian Navy cap lying around somewhere.
                              Last edited by Pergite; 15 Nov 07, 13:15.
                              "The secret of war lies in the communications" - Napoleon Bonaparte

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