sergeant first class


: a noncommissioned officer in the army ranking above a staff sergeant and below a master sergeant

Examples of sergeant first class in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Serving in the North Carolina Army National Guard, Eyer climbed to sergeant first class during his 12-year tenure, Morris said. Julia Coin, Charlotte Observer, 3 May 2024 The bodies recovered included that of a former Army sergeant first class who was believed to have been buried at a veterans' cemetery, Cohen said. CBS News, 12 Jan. 2024 Before concluding her military career with the rank of sergeant first class, she was hit by a car and seriously injured. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2023 Card, a sergeant first class who enlisted in December 2002, spent about two weeks undergoing inpatient psychiatric treatment and was released, the officials said. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 31 Oct. 2023 The gunman was a sergeant first class in the 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment based in Saco, Maine, according to the Army. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 30 Oct. 2023 Military officials said that Mr. Card was a sergeant first class in the Army Reserve, assigned to an infantry regiment in Saco, Maine, and had enlisted in 2002. Michael Levenson, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2023 As a sergeant first class, Card served as a petroleum supply specialist and received several Army achievement medals, Dubee said. Jeremy Childs, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 His current rank is as a sergeant first class and his job is a petroleum supply specialist. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 26 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sergeant first class was in 1948

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“Sergeant first class.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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sergeant first class

: an enlisted person in the army with a rank just below that of master sergeant
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