rifleman

noun
ri·​fle·​man | \ ˈrī-fəl-mən How to pronounce rifleman (audio) \

Definition of rifleman

1 : a soldier armed with a rifle
2 : one skilled in shooting with a rifle

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According to their service records supplied by the US Marine Corps, both men are riflemen with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Patrick Perron, The Mercury News, "Two California Marines charged with smuggling immigrants into the United States," 10 July 2019 Both are active-duty riflemen stationed in Camp Pendleton in California, said 1st Lt. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Two active-duty Marines arrested for allegedly smuggling migrants from Mexico for cash," 3 July 2019 After completing basic and other training, including Airborne School, at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to the 1-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment as a rifleman, according to the Army. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "‘The worst day in our family’s history,’ grieving uncle says of Chicago soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan," 31 July 2019 According to their service records supplied by the US Marine Corps, both men are riflemen with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Patrick Perron, The Mercury News, "Two California Marines charged with smuggling immigrants into the United States," 10 July 2019 Both Marines are riflemen assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton. Julie Watson, Anchorage Daily News, "16 Marines arrested in migrant smuggling investigation," 26 July 2019 According to their service records supplied by the US Marine Corps, both men are riflemen with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Marines charged with smuggling immigrants into the United States," 9 July 2019 Those riflemen are the infantry troops who put themselves in the paths of bullets and bombs while carrying heavy rucksacks, who jump out of planes and otherwise subject their bodies to extreme wear and tear. Kate Germano, New York Times, "Separate Is Not Equal in the Marine Corps," 31 Mar. 2018 For example, Marine riflemen, both active-duty and veterans, will often refer to themselves as 0311s. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Military’s Cryptic Letters, Numbers, and Symbols, Explained," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of rifleman

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rifleman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rifleman

: a soldier who carries a rifle
: a person who is skilled at shooting a rifle

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