I'm a soldier, i'm a soldier,
i'm a soldier, i'm a soldier
While I looked around
For my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around, leaves are brown
--Hazy Shade of Winter,
Simon and Garfunkel
Our Post-PWOT © World (PPW) has killed the meaning of words, and we at Ranger mourn the passing.
An example occurred in October 2012's Gun World magazine, in editor Jan Libourel's column Point of Aim remembering sometime gun writer, Jerry Ahern. Libourel's (ironic ?) testimonial to Ahern is titled, "Loss of a Soldier".
But Ahern was never a soldier, and a gun magazine should be especially sensitive regarding whom they refer to as "soldier". From his Wikipedia page, "Jerry Ahern (born Jerome Morrell Ahern, in 1946) was a science fiction and action novel author best known for his post apocalyptic survivalist series The Survivalist."
How did writing for Soldier of Fortune magazine translate out to being in the Armed Forces? Writing ersatz tough guy pablum does not a soldier make. This is not to say that Ahern chose to be mourned as a soldier-manque, and we are sorry for his too-early death.
But "Soldier of Fiction" would have been a more-fitting, non-pejorative, label.