American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The lowest commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
- n. One who holds this rank.
- n. The lowest rank of a commissioned army officer, below a lieutenant.
- n. The lowest rank of a commissioned officer in the United States Army, United States Air Force, or United States Marine Corps, below a first lieutenant. The rank of second lieutenant is equivalent to the naval rank of ensign.
- n. a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps holding the lowest rank
“Towards the close of our junior year, in the early part of 1857, upon the recommendation of Gen. Winfield Scott, he received a commission as second lieutenant in the Army, and was assigned to the Sixth Regiment of Infantry, which was ordered into active service on the Western frontier, and took part in the expedition to Utah which was commanded by Col. Albert Sidney Johnston.”
“Truby told the news to Lawrence Reed, who was now a second lieutenant and shared quarters with him.”
“In 1857 he was appointed a second lieutenant in the Sixth Regiment of United States Infantry, and served in 1858 in the then far West under Albert Sidney Johnston, whose fame Shiloh echoes and reechoes along the banks of the Tennessee.”
“He put his arm about his ten-year-old son, Alexander John, who had been appointed a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after the death of Captain John Shea resulted in an upward movement of the officers and created a vacancy right at the bottom.”
“Now, being commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army, he went to New York and organized from the firemen of that city a similar regiment, known as the Eleventh New York.”
“He settled at the half-Spanish town of St. Louis, and in March, 1804, was appointed by President Jefferson a second lieutenant of artillery, with orders to join Captain Lewis in his journey to the Pacific.”
“Hence, when Sergeant Howell received a commission as a second lieutenant in the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts regiment, composed of colored soldiers, it was not only a partial surprise to him, but a compliment to his fidelity and skill.”
“In 1857, when he was pursuing his studies in the University of Harvard, in preparation for the active and serious duties of life, he received from the then President of the United States the appointment of brevet second lieutenant in the Sixth Infantry.”
“When he reaches twenty years of commissioned service, this superior gentleman, who should have demonstrated to the satisfaction of all concerned his merit as a leader and a hero, will be unceremoniously booted out to make room for a nonflying ROTC second lieutenant who will in all probability accept a commission in the regular force, play with it for a couple of years and then resign.”
“Dr.J. S. Myers has been elected second lieutenant in our company.”
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