noncommissioned officer


non·​com·​mis·​sioned officer ˌnän-kə-ˈmi-shənd- How to pronounce noncommissioned officer (audio)
: a subordinate officer (such as a sergeant) in the army, air force, or marine corps appointed from among enlisted personnel

Examples of noncommissioned officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Donald McAlister, known as Mac, was the senior noncommissioned officer in Bravo Company during their Afghanistan deployment in 2009-10. Ben Kesling, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 Rachel served in the military as an enlisted soldier, noncommissioned officer, and commissioned aviation officer. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2022 Several who spoke were comfortable being identified only by their rank or a generic reference to their status as an officer or noncommissioned officer — but never by name, with two exceptions. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Jan. 2022 The Air Force’s letter to McSally described its decision not to charge the noncommissioned officer who accompanied Marsh to the after-party. Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 The change-of-command ceremony involved the garrison’s senior noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. David Anderson,, 23 June 2021 Thomas Corral, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the site. Sig Christenson,, 16 May 2020 Black noted that Reimer had been stationed at Trawniki for at least three years and had been promoted to the level of a noncommissioned officer, part of the Trawniki elite, likely because of his German-language skills. Debbie Cenziper, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2020 Born in New York City, Winslow is the son of a librarian and a noncommissioned officer in the Navy. Jordan Riefe, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noncommissioned officer was in 1703

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“Noncommissioned officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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noncommissioned officer

non·​com·​mis·​sioned officer ˌnän-kə-ˌmish-ənd- How to pronounce noncommissioned officer (audio)
: an officer in the Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps appointed from among the enlisted personnel

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