line officer

noun
a military or naval officer serving with combatant units or warships, as distinguished from a staff officer, supply officer, etc.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism

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Example sentences
Whether the role of the coordinator is that of a line officer or a staff officer, some common responsibilities can be identified.
Delegates authority to line officer to negotiate cost share.
Tribes desiring direct payments from purchasers of forest products will send a written request to the responsible line officer.
The procedures indicated that the first fireman on the scene is officer-in-charge until relieved by a line officer.
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