I've said it often and won't change my mind. Flying fighters is an assignment. Being a Fighter Pilot is a way of life. Some pilots fly fighters and will never be Fighter Pilots. You aren't a Fighter Pilot because you say you are. You are a Fighter Pilot when other people say you are. That is an honor that is aspired to by many, but not all achieve it.
But, I'm only one person and that's only my opinion.
Here's another man's analysis; a man with arguably a more poetic way of expressing himself.