Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not having a commission. Abbreviated non-com.
- adj. alternative spelling of non-commissioned.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not having a commission.
- adj. (of military officers) appointed from enlisted personnel
“If you will pick out those to whom you intend to give commands, and subcommands; I will choose from the men, after drilling them for a few days, forty of the most intelligent as what we call noncommissioned officers.”
“The bomber is identified as a noncommissioned officer in the Iraqi army.”
“In case a horse be cast, or in any way entangled, he will relieve him, if possible; if unable to relieve him, he will call the noncommissioned officer.”
“They were later identified as noncommissioned officers Ali Kaya and Özcan İldeniz.”
“He later shows up in the equally devastating closing story, "Gold Star," to be pressed into telling a young widow how exactly her husband - a senior noncommissioned officer - was killed.”
“With an almost physical pain, Jim recalled when the diminutive engineer had visited him while Jim sat in a military stockade for a month, serving time for assaulting a noncommissioned officer.”
“Spohn is a retired Air Force noncommissioned officer who currently works as a civil servant at Eielson Air”
“His top noncommissioned officer, Command Sergeant Major Michael T. Hall, explained the decision to ban junk food on a coalition blog by writing: This is a war zone—not an amusement park.”
“As an ex army noncommissioned officer, I believe this argument is about one party being in power and the other one mad because they are not.”
“For many soldiers, they have become warehouses of despair, where damaged men and women are kept out of sight, fed a diet of powerful prescription pills and treated harshly by noncommissioned officers.”
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