The Child Soldier: Our Writing
Giving Voice to Youth Affected by War


Words of War
by Emile, age 16, Sierra Leone

Terminology of a Soldier

A - Types of Soldiers:

1. Infantry soldier
2. arillery soldier
3. tank regiments

*my comments: children must not be part of this group

B- Weapons Used:
1. rifle
2. bayonet
3. grenade
4. mortar
5. anti- tank weapons
6. mines
7. machine-guns
8. pistol,revolver
9. tank

*my comments: children must not be allowed to use weapons!

C- Rank of a Soldier:
1. non-commissioned officers [n.o.c]
2. private [with no striipes on his arm]
3. lance-corporal[with one stripe]
4. corporal [with two stripe]
5. sergeant [with three stripe]

*my comments: children must not be called by such ranks

D- The Rank of Officers:
1. second lieutenant
2. lieutenant
3. captain
4. major
5. leutenant-colonel.
6. colonel
7. brigadier
8. general
9. field marshal

*my comments: children must not be called by such ranks!

E- Key Words: front: line troops, airfield, artillery

*my comments: children must not make use of such millitary keywords that will likely influence them into being a part of the wars.

F- Battle Words: attack, retreat, fire, bombard, escape, ambush, trench, advance, disarm, surrender *my comments: they all help to impart conflict in arms ideas in children.

Stop using these words!

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