second lieutenant


Definition of second lieutenant 

: a commissioned officer of the lowest rank in the army, air force, or marine corps

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He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army in August 1917, a few months after graduating from UW. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The highest-ranking U.S. soldier killed on D-Day in Normandy was a University of Wisconsin alum," 4 June 2018 Chet, a second lieutenant in the 297th combat engineers, landed the next morning. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greenfield man defies police by continuing long-running tradition of firing off Civil War cannons on 4th of July," 5 July 2018 Marines in the field knew to be dubious of new young second lieutenants like Mueller. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Untold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in Combat," 15 May 2018 Upon graduation Wilton was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and later was promoted to first lieutenant and company commander., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/3," 3 June 2018 Collins, 23, had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was days away from graduating from Bowie State University when he was killed. Washington Post, "Lawyers of man charged with murder, hate crime seek to ban ‘particularly offensive’ evidence in slaying of black student at U. Md.," 7 May 2018 The graduates receive commissions as Navy ensigns or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps and serve at least five years. Jeff Barker,, "President Trump at Naval Academy graduation: 'We are not going to apologize for America'," 25 May 2018 Last year’s Patriots cheerleading squad included an attorney in the D.A.’s special investigations office and a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Kalyn Kahler,, "NFL Cheerleading Can Still Be Saved," 10 May 2018 Steve Hoover being promoted from sergeant as our second lieutenant (with Lt. Brian Lisik/special To,, "Community partnerships focus of 2018 Brunswick state of city address," 3 Apr. 2018

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1702, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of second lieutenant

: an officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps who ranks below a first lieutenant

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Kids Definition of second lieutenant

: a commissioned officer of the lowest rank in the army, air force, or marine corps

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