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French army soldiers at Salisbury Plain, England, Exercise Wessex Storm 2020.
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A Nepalese soldier on field training

A soldier is a person who is a part of an army. A soldier can be forced to join the army or volunteer to join.[1]

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There are many different types of soldiers: troopers, tankers, commandos, dragoons, infantrymen, guardians, artillerymen, paratroopers, grenadiers, rangers, snipers, engineers, sappers, craftsmen, signallers, medics, and gunners.[source?]

In many countries there are soldiers that have special names for other reasons. For example, military police personnel in the British Army are called "red caps" because their caps are red.[2]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Conscription". Merriam-Webster Online.
  2. Chappell, Mike (1997). Redcaps : Britain's provost troops and military police. Library Genesis. London : Osprey. ISBN 978-1-85532-670-5.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Media related to Soldier at Wikimedia Commons