Section Eight


Definition of Section Eight

: a discharge from the U.S. Army for military inaptitude or undesirable habits or traits of character also : a soldier receiving such a discharge

First Known Use of Section Eight

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Section Eight

Section VIII, Army Regulation 615–360, in effect from December 1922 to July 1944

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“Section Eight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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