Were three soldiers killed on the field of battle, the media would not report the loss of two pairs of, say, size 9 boots and one pair of size 10 boots. Why, then, the media’s adherence to the term “boots on the ground” to describe our infantry?
The “boots” referred to are filled with the feet of men and women, many of whom will not return. Others return without the feet, or other parts, with which they entered the war zone.
Would it not be preferable to acknowledge the humanity of those who serve by amending the style guides of news outlets to read “troops on the ground” and stop equating our soldiers with inanimate objects?
Broad Run, Va.