The phrase - "Soldier First, Tradesman Second", which popped up in another thread, for some reason raises my blood pressure. I realise defining the word "soldier" will conjour many differing impressions, but to me it means infanteer when used in this context. After all I am already a member of the Army. This phrase is often trotted out when, for some reason or another a tradesman is failing to achieve a skill that is practiced on a regular basis for our infanteer brethren, and once in a blue moon by a tradesman. For example, if I was expected to be any good at shooting then perhaps taking my weapon out of the armoury (to perform an APWT) more than once a year might help. Personally I think that the phrase is inaccurate and a misnomer, I certainly believe myself to be a tradesman first. Thoughts? Hopefully this thread will not descend into a PT/Fat REMF's thread, as we have already had a few of them recently, but it probably will.