enlisted man


Definition of enlisted man

: a man or woman in the armed forces ranking below a commissioned or warrant officer specifically : one ranking below a noncommissioned officer or petty officer

Examples of enlisted man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of those veteran volunteers is Chuck Wirtz of Painesville, a Navy veteran (1974-2004) who began as an enlisted man and rose to the rank of commander. cleveland, 5 Aug. 2021 Forbes was the first enlisted man to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the North African campaign, received from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2021 In late May, a 21-year-old enlisted man from California was killed — beheaded, in fact — while on a camping trip with six of his fellow paratroopers; once again, no arrests have been made in the case. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2021 Another prejudice the Pacific cleared out of my mind was my enlisted man’s prejudice against professional Army officers. John Dos Passos, National Review, 28 Sep. 2020 Bill Davidson was a Confederate enlisted man whose pithy remarks and hijinks, culled from his autobiography, enliven the text. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, 20 Mar. 2020 White enlisted men crossed the street to avoid saluting. Dan C. Goldberg, Time, 19 May 2020 Frank Phillips, computer analyst Frank Phillips, 85, a computer analyst with the Defense Department and earlier as an Air Force enlisted man, died July 29 at his home in Dale City, Va. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2019 Robinson was still Smith’s property in 1813 when Jackson swept through the area to enlist men of every background — slaves, free black men, privateers, Choctaw Indians — in advance of the British attack on New Orleans. Washington Post, 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of enlisted man

1724, in the meaning defined above

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“Enlisted man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlisted%20man. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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