Yes I know you were trying to be polite, and you've been very articulate throughout this thread.Haha just trying to be polite. There are merits to every service of course and the British military as a whole is stronger by having an individual aviation based branch, and an amphibious branch. I know there is a lot of well-meaning banter between respective regiments and branches and i'm sure that whatever regiment i join will always hold a place in my heart as being 'the one' - i'll be sure to defend it with the strongest of loyalty
I was pointing to your inadvertent reference to RN personnel as "soldiers". That might ruffle a few feathers with the seafarers..