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    At what point of compensation, pay, benefits and incentives, does the volunteer soldier become a mercenary???
     
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    um ... never.
     
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    Simple answer: At no pay level. In the military sense a mercenary is a professional soldier hired for service in a foreign or private army.

    Any more stupid questions?
     
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    Yes.

    They cannot be mercenaries unless they are employed by a foreign government. Got that.

    Now, at what point should they lose the title of "volunteer"?
     
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    As soon as we return to the draft. They "volunteer" to serve. The Government has no current ability to force anyone into military service.
     
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    No, they take the job. Does Johnny 'volunteer to serve' at the local hardware store?
     
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    Is it a trick question or is it just an example of left wing ignorance?
     
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    Webster's Collegiate offers two definitions:

    mercenary
    adj.

    1 Working or done for payment only; motivated by a desire for money or other gain; venal; greedy.

    2 Designating a soldier serving for pay in a foreign army; hired.

    n.

    1 A professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.

    2 Any person who will do anything for money; hireling.


    Etymology
    [L mercenarius < merces, pay, wages, akin to merx: see market]

    (C)1995 Zane Publishing, Inc. (C)1994, 1991, 1988 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
     
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    Not true. If they work for money alone they are mercenaries, even if they are hired by their own government. Don't simplify the debate just because the other side is a complete idiot, it just makes you look stupid.
     
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    In which case everyone who works for financial gain is a mercenary. This thread is becoming more stupid than stupid!
     
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