Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Entering the army or navy as a private or noncommissioned officer. See 107 Mass. 282.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The act of one who voluntarily enters the military or naval service of the government, contracting to serve in a subordinate capacity. Morrissey v. Perry, 137 U. S. 157, 11 Sup. Ct. 57, 34 In Ed. 644 ; Babbitt v. US., 16 Ch Cl. 213; Erichson v. Beach, 40 Conn. 286. The words "enlist" and "enlistment," in law, as in common usage, may signify either the complete fact of entering into the military service, or the first step taken by the recruit towards that end. When used in the former sense, as in statutes conferring a right to compel the military service of enlisted men, the enlistment is not deemed completed until the man has been mustered into the service. Tyler v. Pomeroy, 8 Allen (Mass ) 480. Enlistment does not include the entry of a person into the military service under a commission as an officer. Hilliard v. Stewarts-town, 48 N. H. 280. Enlisted applies to a drafted man as well as a volunteer, whose name is duly entered on the military rolls. Sheffield v. Otis, 107 Mass. 282.