There was a classic article in this morning's Townsville Bulletin about a punch-up between a USAF airman and an RAAF airman outside, of all places, the Townsville police station. Townsville has a strong miitary tradition and presence and you'd think that the local paper's reporters would get a few basic facts straight, but no. In fact they don't seem to have even the vaguest idea about the distinction between a soldier and an airman. A few quotes suffice:
'A Townsville RAAF soldier was left with a suspected fractured skull and a broken jaw after a brawl with a US Air Force airman...'
'A fight broke out between the Australian airman and a US Air Force airman'.
'He was the second American soldier to be charged while in Australia for Talisman Sabre. A 28-year old Seventh Fleet sailor was arrested in Sydney...'
So they keep all the options open and call them both airman and soldiers and then bring US Navy personnel into it. They obviously have no idea. Back to school girls.