One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rank of officer in the army and the US air force, above warrant officer or chief warrant officer and below lieutenant or first lieutenant.
- ‘I learned to ask these questions as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve.’
- ‘Upon graduation from college, she received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve.’
- ‘Drew was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in April 1986.’
- ‘Early in his military career, Ritchey served as a second lieutenant in the artillery branch with units at Fort Bliss, Texas.’
- ‘He rose from second lieutenant in 1861 to brevet major general in only four years during action-packed combat service.’
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