Noncommissioned-officer definitions

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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.
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An enlisted person of any of various grades in the armed forces, as, in the U.S. Army, from corporal to sergeant major inclusive.
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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.

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