Word + Quiz: adjutant

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Word + Quiz: adjutant

1. an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer

2. a person who assists or helps

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The word adjutant has appeared in eight articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 28 in “The True Story of the First Woman to Finish Special Forces Training” by John Ismay:

In 1980, when Wilder, then an intelligence officer, entered the U.S. Army Special Forces Officer Course, she had already been serving in the special-operations community for four years. It was normal for soldiers serving in her position to go through the course back then.

Wilder got an intelligence-officer job with the Fifth Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg in North Carolina in 1978 because she had the one qualification that was required: She was a graduate of the Airborne School. As a jump-qualified military intelligence officer, Wilder was sent to the John F. Kennedy Institute for Military Assistance at Fort Bragg and assigned as its adjutant. She quickly learned the ins and outs of all the Army’s regulations regarding special operations, and found nothing stating that Special Forces training was male-only.

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