Under the revised AP Style Guide, released on Tuesday, journalists might face repercussions for how they refer to veterans.
A new revision to the Associated Press style code requires writers to be more detailed when writing about military personnel and veterans. When Michael Foy was accused of engaging in a disturbance at the Capitol Building, he had characterized as a “retired Marine with fighting training.” Foy has also been described as an equipment technician who “served from 2015 to 2019.” When Bryan Riley murdered four individuals in Florida, he had characterized as an “ex-Marine sniper” who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the designation falling between “marksman” and “expert,” Riley was an ordinary marksman, not a highly-qualified sniper as the word implies. By giving a more extensive perspective on military duty, we may overcome this difference somewhat.