Capital "M" in Marine -NY Times gives in

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  1. Capt MJ

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    One of those things that was drilled into me as only a USMC Sgt Maj could make that very important point back when I was wearing the skinny-mini butter bars. I noticed "marine" here and there on the forum, not referring to commercial usage, and I hope this article adds to the awareness.
     
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    Here is the original article which intrigued me when it came out:
    http://topics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/when-every-letter-counts/#more-733

    The new rules in the style guide:
    Sailor, soldier and airman are not capitalized. Not because they don't deserve respect but for consistency in the usage of proper nouns.
    This is the rationale:
    I am sure that all Marines are now pleased to be in the same company as Coast Guardmen and I am sure all soldiers now wish they were in the "Soldier Corps" instead of the Army.

    I still think it's weird to refer to "three soldiers and two Marines...." in the same sentence. Oh well - that's the English language for you.
     

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