private first class


Definition of private first class

: an enlisted man ranking in the army above a private and below a corporal and in the marine corps above a private and below a lance corporal

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The Oregon National Guard confirmed Martin is a private first class with the guard, KATU reported. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, "‘They’re lucky we aren’t executing them’: National Guardsman faces punishment for Facebook post on migrants," 25 June 2018 The Oregon National Guard confirmed Martin is a private first class, KATU reported. Washington Post,, "‘They’re lucky we aren’t executing them’: Guardsman’s Facebook post stirs outrage," 25 June 2018 At his court martial, Pistolis also had his rank reduced from lance corporal to private first class, ABC News reported.. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Marine from Charlotte was accused of white supremacist ties. He's headed to prison.," 20 June 2018 As a result, Mr. Herman was honorably discharged on Dec. 13, 1965, with the rank of private first class. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Ronald Herman, 77, Philly rec center leader and Pitman, N.J., school psychologist," 11 June 2018 Not far away, Suzanne Acosta-Solis stood over the grave of her father, Pedro, who was a private first class in the Army National Guard. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "On Memorial Day in S.A., the fallen are saluted and remembered," 28 May 2018 Goss is a private first class and a parachute rigger in the 82nd Airborne, a Fort Bragg spokesperson told the TV station. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "He raped a teen and got away, cops say. But an Army DNA match just reopened the case.," 13 Feb. 2018 Banach, 37, was a Marine Corps private first class in 2007 when he was injured by a roadside bomb that shattered his ankle. Martin E. Comas,, "Tiny home in Oviedo fits the needs for veteran wounded in Iraq," 7 Apr. 2018 Billings said the platoon searched for the then-private first class for 19 days, going without food or water. Dakin Andone And Holly Yan, CNN, "Decision reached in Bowe Bergdahl sentencing hearing," 3 Nov. 2017

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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: an enlisted person in the army or marine corps ranking above a private

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