staff sergeant


: a noncommissioned officer ranking in the army above a sergeant and below a platoon sergeant or sergeant first class, in the air force above a sergeant and below a technical sergeant, and in the marine corps above a sergeant and below a gunnery sergeant

Examples of staff sergeant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sergeant Rivers was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant, and Specialists Sanders and Moffett were posthumously promoted to sergeant. Peter Baker, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 One was an Air Force staff sergeant, another an airman police officer and the third was a 19-year-old scheduled to begin his Air Force training in May, according to Judd. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 5 Mar. 2024 Instead, the staff sergeant sent Texas guardsmen to investigate, Danley wrote. Holly Yan, CNN, 27 Jan. 2024 The 15 service members, ranging in rank from staff sergeant to colonel, have been removed from their positions and have received non-judicial administrative punishments, according to the Air Force. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 11 Dec. 2023 But apparently, an Air Force staff sergeant manning an early warning radar station in Alaska arguably beat Bell-Burnell to the punch. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 1 Aug. 2023 Two days later, Grossman’s son Uri, a twenty-year-old staff sergeant in an Israeli tank brigade, was killed in a battle with Hezbollah. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2023 In addition to being a drag queen, Sarria served in World War II and became a staff sergeant. J.p Brammer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2023 Thirty-one-year-old staff sergeant Taylor Hoover certainly loved his. ABC News, 3 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of staff sergeant was in 1920

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“Staff sergeant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

staff sergeant

: a military enlisted person with a rank just below that of platoon sergeant in the army, below that of gunnery sergeant in the marines, and below that of technical sergeant in the air force
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