File leader

the soldier at the front of any file, who covers and leads those in rear of him.

See also: File

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GARDAI struggling to repay debts because of public sector pay cuts could be vulnerable to corruption, a rank and file leader warned yesterday.
Rank and file leaders were elected to the District's Executive Board and delegates to their representative institutions.
The comments were criticised by rank and file leaders who claimed previous service at lower ranks was vital for chiefs.
Rank and file leaders have criticised the move, arguing that it drives out highly experienced officers whose expertise in detective work, planning major events and firearms tactics cannot be easily replaced.
In early March, rank and file leaders of UNITE HERE Joint Boards voted overwhelmingly to disaffiliate from the union.