[ noun ] (military) the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)
"the strike was supported by the union rank and file" "he rose from the ranks to become a colonel"
Used in print(Tristram Coffin, Not to the Swift....)
He was n't troubled with the ordinary , rank-and-file fear that overcomes and paralyzes and sends individual soldiers and whole companies under_fire running in panic .
[ noun ] people who constitute the main body of any group