A Retired Officer of my aquaintance has suggested that the term Squaddie is a perjorative term (i.e. expressing contempt) for an inexperience soldier dating back to National Service days, used by Regulars to describe National Service recruits who were untrained, incapable of thinking for themselves and who could only be herded around in squads. He is rallying against its use and is trying to stop the likes of Soldier Magazine from referring to our brave boys as mere 'squaddies'. I assert that this meaning has fallen by the wayside and it is now a general, if not affectionate term, one that is used by everyone to refer to a soldier, both within the Army and by onlookers; Dermot Moynahan coined the expression only the other day on Breakfast Time! What is your view? Are you offended by the term? Do you care? State your view here.