service member


variants or less commonly servicemember
plural service members also servicemembers
: a person who is a member of the armed forces
Once Federal Judge Martin Barash administered the oath of allegiance and spoke about their new responsibilities and privileges, he singled out each service member by name (the only new citizens offered this recognition), and the crowd responded with standing ovations.Smithsonian
For three-quarters of a century, East Helena has proudly honored servicemembers with a monument in the heart of town. And now community leaders are looking for names of area veterans as they rebuild the monument with a new design.Tom Kuglin

Examples of service member in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During their time in Nigeria, Meghan and Harry will meet with service members and take part in a variety of cultural activities. Erin Hill, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 Wave after wave of convertibles parade on the track to honor veterans, service members, first responders and celebrities. Amy Lynch, Chicago Tribune, 8 May 2024 This type of leave, called Permanent Change of Station, allows a service member time to relocate. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 6 May 2024 Fire Dawgs Junk Removal offers a year-round discount to veterans, service members, firefighters, police officers, EMS, nurses, and teachers. Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2024 On April 30, 1975, Saigon fell, bringing an end to the Vietnam War — a brutal conflict that saw the deaths of tens of thousands of American service members and millions of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 6 May 2024 But one of the last U.S. service members to die in Afghanistan — killed by a suicide bomber at Abbey Gate during the chaotic evacuation in 2021 — was a psyop soldier: Army Staff Sgt. Lolita C. Baldor, Fortune, 3 May 2024 Bush, who served as president from 2001 to 2009, presided over wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which led to the deaths of more than 7,000 U.S. service members, according to a report from Brown University’s Costs of War project. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 2 May 2024 Several miles away other service members and researchers have built Camp Whale, a clutch of winterized tents and a small command center on a large ice floe that itself moves about a half mile an hour on the frozen ocean. Kenny Holston, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of service member was in 1955

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“Service member.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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