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 Congress is also considering proposals that would overhaul Army Criminal Investigation Command, giving it an independent civilian leadership and shifting duties from enlisted apprentice agents to more experienced civilian investigators. New York Times, "Military Missteps Allowed Soldier Accused of Murder to Flee, Report Says," 30 Apr. 2021 Women represent 16 percent of enlisted forces and 19 percent of the officer corps, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "When Stephanie Gattas returned from the Navy with PTSD, she launched the Pink Berets to support female veterans," 3 Mar. 2021 This particular helmet would have been worn by Bavarian enlisted infantrymen and, like other models, would have provided virtually no protection from bullets or shrapnel. oregonlive, "This crazy quilt’s back story boosts its value and interest for collectors," 21 Apr. 2021 Diamond Hough, senior enlisted leader for U.S. Army Medical Command. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Biden’s $715 billion ‘compromise’ defense budget destined to disappoint both sides," 9 Apr. 2021 That sentiment was shared by command sergeant major Sheryl Lyon, who in September left Army Cyber Command to become command senior enlisted leader of Cyber Command and NSA. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women at NSA and Cyber Command," 6 Apr. 2021 Until he was charged, his Air Force career had been on the rise, and he had been selected to become a chief master sergeant — a level achieved by just 1 percent of the enlisted force in any service. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Air Force panel: Senior master sergeant convicted of sex crime should stay in the service," 22 Mar. 2021 The senior enlisted leader of the Space Force, Master Gunnery Sgt. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "Ted Cruz demands meeting with Marine Corps leadership after 'inexplicably inappropriate' attacks on Tucker Carlson," 15 Mar. 2021 In a video on Twitter, the Space Command’s senior enlisted leader, Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Pentagon Brass Blast Fox Host for Disparaging Women in the Military," 11 Mar. 2021

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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 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of enlisted

chiefly US : serving in the armed forces in a rank below the rank of officers


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Kids Definition of enlisted

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

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