noncommissioned officernon·com·mis·sioned officer
an enlisted person of any of various grades in the armed forces, as, in the U.S. Army, from corporal to sergeant major inclusive
An enlisted member of the armed forces, such as a corporal, sergeant, or petty officer, appointed to a rank conferring leadership over other enlisted personnel.
(plural noncommissioned officers)
- A person of authority in the military who has not received a commission (a direct conveyance of authority from the sovereign government); as such they can have charge or control but not command in the most technical use of the word.
- A platoon sergeant may only be a noncommissioned officer but he's the one his men look to when the bullets start flying.
- non-commissioned member