en·​list·​ed | \ in-ˈli-stəd How to pronounce enlisted (audio) , en- \

Definition of enlisted

: of, relating to, or constituting the part of a military, naval, or air force below commissioned or warrant officers enlisted personnel the enlisted ranks

Examples of enlisted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chief of the boat is the senior enlisted adviser to the commander and the executive officer. NBC News, 5 Nov. 2021 An expert on military personnel policy says that middle class parents, including those who are newly middle class, often encourage their kids to go to college before selecting a career, which hurts recruiting for enlisted personnel. Courtney Kube, NBC News, 27 June 2022 Troops in junior enlisted ranks are especially vulnerable to food insecurity — almost 30% need help. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, 7 Dec. 2021 In his 1968 study, Cooper tested his idea by having 115 U.S. Air Force officers and enlisted personnel run his 12-minute test, comparing it to their results on conventional VO2max treadmill tests. Richard A. Lovett, Outside Online, 24 June 2020 The picture is worse for enlisted service members such as experienced maintenance personnel. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 June 2022 Others were less optimistic, particularly after a controversial address by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith, the service’s senior enlisted leader, weeks earlier. Melissa Chan, NBC News, 18 May 2022 The Navy's top enlisted leader, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith, visited the carrier last week and took questions from the sailors. David Martin, CBS News, 28 Apr. 2022 As crew members cope with a string of at least four suicides within a year, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith — the service’s top enlisted leader — paid a visit to offer some encouragement. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of enlisted

1724, in the meaning defined above

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“Enlisted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlisted. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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en·​list·​ed | \ in-ˈli-stəd How to pronounce enlisted (audio) \

Kids Definition of enlisted

: serving in the armed forces in a rank below a commissioned officer or warrant officer


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