master sergeant


Definition of master sergeant

: a noncommissioned officer ranking in the army above a sergeant first class and below a staff sergeant major, in the air force above a technical sergeant and below a senior master sergeant, and in the marine corps above a gunnery sergeant and below a master gunnery sergeant

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Recent Examples on the Web Inside the home were Samuel Snyder, an Air Force master sergeant, his wife, Dorothea, and their daughters, 6-year-old Kay and 8-week-old Rene. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 In December, two other Fort Bragg men — a master sergeant and an army veteran — were found dead in the North Carolina military installation's training area. Vanessa Etienne,, 16 Aug. 2021 Reimers served as a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, with an assignment to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 15 July 2021 High-jinks aside, the young Marine was an outstanding infantryman, says Brian Mullen, a staff sergeant in Fallujah, who served more than two decades himself, eventually retiring as a master sergeant. Ben Kesling, WSJ, 28 May 2021 On Thursday, a military court issued an arrest warrant for an air force master sergeant suspected of committing the harassment. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Someone in green camouflage fatigues with black master sergeant stripes jumped out and grabbed a cardboard box. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, 24 Apr. 2021 Instead, the letter urges the base to be named after Roy Benavidez, a native Texan who was a master sergeant and eventually a Green Beret. Rylee Kirk, The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2021 Three months later, in an unrelated case, an Air Force master sergeant was first demoted but not discharged after being outed as an active member of the defunct White nationalist group Identity Evropa. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of master sergeant

1920, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2021

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“Master sergeant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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Kids Definition of master sergeant

: a noncommissioned officer in the army ranking above a sergeant first class or in the air force ranking above a technical sergeant or in the marines ranking above a gunnery sergeant


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