common soldier

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Noun1.common soldier - an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marinescommon soldier - an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines; "our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value"
enlisted man - a male enlisted person in the armed forces
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Now, instead of a common soldier he had become a noble lord, and the people told him about all the grand doings of the town and the King, and what a beautiful Princess his daughter was.
No one except the King may go in or out, for it is prophesied that she will marry a common soldier, and the King cannot submit to that.
And he who had been captain of the guard but now was a common soldier noticed this also.
Consequently he has made a unique contribution to literature in his portrayals, in both prose and verse, of the English common soldier and of English army life on the frontiers of the Empire.
One was the common soldier with the coffee, who said simply: "I will act for you, sir.
When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is insubordination.
They had a literature of their own, and many of the men, even the common soldiers, were omnivorous readers.
By this time I could understand a few words of their strange language, and when the colonel asked me if I would prefer to remain at the post as his body servant, I signified my willingness as emphatically as possible, for I had seen enough of the brutality of the common soldiers toward their white slaves to have no desire to start out upon a march of unknown length, chained by the neck, and driven on by the great whips that a score of the soldiers carried to accelerate the speed of their charges.
I'd like to promote the private, for I believe no private should ever be in public life; and I've also noticed that officers usually fight better and are more reliable than common soldiers.
As for the common soldiers, they were so that I could not name every single one of them though I had ten tongues, and though my voice failed not and my heart were of bronze within me, unless you, O Olympian Muses, daughters of aegis-bearing Jove, were to recount them to me.
But now, ever since the Chamber invented what they called special training, and the rules and regulations for civil-service examiners, we are worse off than common soldiers.
5x11", illustrated book, he chronicles the events of Britain's Mesopotamia Campaign, focusing on how the war affected the common soldier enduring extremes of heat and cold, the unreliability of Arab allies, and logistical problems brought on by the region's geography.