Sergeant (normally abbreviated to Sgt) is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organizations around the world. Its origins are the Latin serviens, "one who serves", through the French term Sergent.
In most armies the rank of sergeant OR-5 corresponds to command of a squad (or section). In Commonwealth armies, it is a more senior rank OR-6, corresponding roughly to a platoon second-in-command. In the United States Army, sergeant is a more junior rank corresponding to a four-man fireteam leader (OR-4), while still equivalent to OR-5.
More senior non-commissioned ranks are often variations on sergeant, for instance staff sergeant,Regimental Sergeant Major, sergeant first class, master sergeant, first sergeant and sergeant major. The spelling serjeant is used in a few regiments of the British Army.
Famous quotes containing the word sergeant:
“You know, theres a cowboy movie where one joker says, Mighty quiet out there. Too quiet, he says. Same thing every time; its too quiet.”
—James Poe, U.S. screenwriter, and Based On Play. Robert Aldrich. Sergeant Costa (Jack Palance)
“Its fear of being afraid that frightens me more than anything else.”
—Jerome Cady, U.S. screenwriter, and Lewis Milestone. Sergeant Clinton (Farley Granger)
“We dont murder, we kill.... You dont murder animals, you kill them.”
—Samuel Fuller, U.S. screenwriter. Sergeant (Lee Marvin)