re·​en·​list·​ment (ˌ)rē-in-ˈlist-mənt How to pronounce reenlistment (audio)
variants or re-enlistment
plural reenlistments or re-enlistments
: the act or an instance of enlisting again (as in the armed forces) or the state of being enlisted again
reenlistment of soldiers
The Navy came up with the idea in 1946, mainly to hype reenlistments.Frank Deford
Troops cannot be left in the desert indefinitely, and two of the Navy carriers should be heading home in the new year, or risk a sharp drop in re-enlistments.John Barry
: the period of service for which one has reenlisted
a four-year reenlistment

Examples of reenlistment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maya Lynne Robinson, who played Geena, left the series after season 1, and her character was written out via reenlistment in the Army. Lauren Huff,, 2 Jan. 2024 The Air Force is temporarily suspending its plans regarding personnel relocation and reenlistment bonuses after Alabama legislators blocked funding for the service. Rachel Schilke, Washington Examiner, 10 July 2023 Cardona has performed more than a dozen reenlistment and retirement ceremonies at Gillette Stadium. Jim McBride,, 4 Nov. 2022 But the firm and cautious Dr. Burke (a nice turn by Patricia Heaton) feels Colter has a long way to go before being approved for reenlistment, sending him down an angry path of pity and self-destruction. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2023 The reenlistment occurred while flying over a Patriot’s Day ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 11 Sep. 2021 The president asked the defense secretary to immediately prohibit involuntary separations, discharges, and denials of reenlistment on the basis of gender identity. Shannon Larson,, 5 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reenlistment was in 1775

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“Reenlistment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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