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noncommissioned officer

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noncommissioned officer (plural noncommissioned officers)

  1. 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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