I am appalled by the burgeoning use of the term “boots on the ground.” I guess it made a point when it was first said, but it has been used so much that the point is gone, and it seems to reduce brave soldiers to just their boots, in the same way that workers used to be referred to as “hands,” as if they had no brains.
Can’t we just say “soldiers on the ground”? My husband was a soldier. My father was a soldier. My brother was a soldier. Even my mother was a soldier. I would hate to think of any of them being reduced to just their “boots.”