What does the word noncommissioned mean?

Usage examples for noncommissioned

  1. On September 10 a small party under a noncommissioned officer was cut off and surrounded. – America's War for Humanity by Thomas Herbert Russell
  2. These clubs are managed by private individuals in connection with committees of noncommissioned officers and enlisted men, and several of them represent investments of $ 15, 000 and $ 20, 000. In some cases a small membership fee is charged. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis