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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Recent Examples on the Web Guillen, a private first class, was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and purple fitness-type pants, according to the Army CID. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Reward for missing soldier Vanessa Guillen grows to over $50,000 after Latino group and rapper add to it," 17 June 2020 In several burials Tuesday, only the family for Flournoy, who served as an Army private first class and died April 20 at 63, was there to bid farewell. Sig Christenson,, "In coronavirus era, it’s a funeral for one at San Antonio’s Fort Sam National Cemetery," 28 Apr. 2020 During that time, his older brother, David K. Ashcraft Jr., an Army private first class, was killed in an Oct. 3, 1986, helicopter crash in Germany. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Family struggling with questions after VA police shoot and kill Army veteran at medical center in Dallas," 7 Mar. 2020 Chelsea Manning, then a private first class, was using Gaga as a decoy. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "The decade has ended, but it will never be over," 31 Dec. 2019 The Justice Department says Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, that private first class Jarrett William Smith was charged with distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction. San Diego Union-Tribune, "US soldier arrested on charge of sharing bomb instructions," 23 Sep. 2019 Jarrett William Smith, a private first class stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and previously at Fort Bliss, Texas, admitted during a court hearing to providing information about explosives in September to an FBI undercover agent. USA TODAY, "'Satanist' soldier pleads guilty to sharing bomb-making instructions," 11 Feb. 2020 Jarrett William Smith, 24, a private first class, was arrested in September after he was accused of discussing killing members of the far-left group Antifa and attacking a major news outlet with a vehicle bomb. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Army soldier who discussed attack in U.S. pleads guilty to distributing bomb instructions," 11 Feb. 2020 Ali Al-kazahg’s sentence includes a bad conduct discharge, reduction in rank from private first class to private and three years of confinement, said Capt. Washington Post, "Marine sentenced to 3 years for illegal firearms," 15 Jan. 2020

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jun 2020

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“Private first class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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

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