staff sergeant

staff sergeant

noun
1.
U.S. Air force. a noncommissioned officer ranking below a technical sergeant and above an airman first class.
2.
U.S. Army. a noncommissioned officer ranking below a sergeant first class and above a sergeant.
3.
U.S. Marine Corps. a noncommissioned officer ranking below a gunnery sergeant and above a sergeant.

Origin:
1805–15

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staff sergeant
 
n
1.  (Brit) a noncommissioned officer holding a rank between sergeant and warrant officer and employed on administrative duties
2.  (US)
 a.  (in the Army) a noncommissioned officer who ranks above sergeant and below sergeant first class
 b.  (in the Air Force) a noncommissioned officer who ranks above airman first class and below technical sergeant
 c.  (in the Marine Corps) a noncommissioned officer who ranks above sergeant and below gunnery sergeant

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