Personnel is a noun describing a group of people who follow orders, usually at a company. If you have a job, you’re probably considered personnel to be managed.

The word personnel is also sometimes short for the "personnel department," another name for the human resources or employment office. One of the things they might have in the personnel department is your personnel, which contains your employment records.

Definitions of personnel

n group of people willing to obey orders

a Nicaraguan counterrevolutionary guerrilla force from 1979 to 1990; it opposed a left-wing government, with support from the United States
Pesh Merga
a Kurdish guerrilla force in Iraqi Kurdistan
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guerilla force, guerrilla force
an irregular armed force that fights by sabotage and harassment; often rural and organized in large groups
armed service, military service, service
a force that is a branch of the armed forces
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine
the military forces of a nation
paramilitary, paramilitary force, paramilitary organisation, paramilitary organization, paramilitary unit
a group of civilians organized in a military fashion (especially to operate in place of or to assist regular army troops)
constabulary, law, police, police force
the force of policemen and officers
private security force, security force
a privately employed group hired to protect the security of a business or industry
MP, military police
a military corps that enforces discipline and guards prisoners
hands, manpower, men, work force, workforce
the force of workers available
a group that goes through a region at regular intervals for the purpose of security
military personnel, soldiery, troops
soldiers collectively
rank, rank and file
the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)
personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task
line personnel
personnel having direct job performance responsibilities
management personnel
personnel having overall planning and direction responsibilities
the staff of a newspaper or the news department of a periodical
army, ground forces, regular army
a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state
naval forces, navy
an organization of military vessels belonging to a country and available for sea warfare
a military service responsible for the safety of maritime traffic in coastal waters
members of a body of troops trained to serve on land or at sea
air force, airforce
the airborne branch of a country's armed forces
military reserve, reserve
armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
(plural) Arab guerrillas who operate mainly against Israel
Fedayeen Saddam, Saddam's Martyrs
a feared paramilitary unit formed in 1995 by young soldiers to serve Saddam Hussein against domestic opponents
European Law Enforcement Organisation, Europol
police organization for the European Union; aims to improve effectiveness and cooperation among European police forces
gendarmerie, gendarmery
French police force; a group of gendarmes or gendarmes collectively
Mutawa, Mutawa'een
religious police in Saudi Arabia whose duty is to ensure strict adherence to established codes of conduct; offenders may be detained indefinitely; foreigners are not excluded
Mounties, RCMP, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
the federal police force of Canada
New Scotland Yard, Scotland Yard
the detective department of the metropolitan police force of London
shore patrol
the military police of the navy
secret police
a police force that operates in secrecy (usually against persons suspected of treason or sedition)
SS, Schutzstaffel
special police force in Nazi Germany founded as a personal bodyguard for Adolf Hitler in 1925; the SS administered the concentration camps
complement, full complement
number needed to make up a whole force
border patrol
a group of officers who patrol the borders of a country
harbor patrol
patrol of officers who police a harbor area
office, office staff
professional or clerical workers in an office
research staff
a group of associated research workers in a university or library or laboratory
sales staff
those in a business who are responsible for sales
security staff
those in an organization responsible for preventing spying or theft
maintenance staff, service staff
those in a business responsible for maintaining the physical plant
troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces
troops belonging to the enemy's military forces
cavalry, horse, horse cavalry
troops trained to fight on horseback
the troops who maintain and guard a fortified place
general staff
military officers assigned to assist a senior officer in planning military policy
headquarters staff
military staff stationed at headquarters
posse, posse comitatus
a temporary police force
Type of:
organisation, organization
a group of people who work together

n the department responsible for hiring and training and placing employees and for setting policies for personnel management

personnel department, personnel office, staff office
Type of:
department, section
a specialized division of a large organization

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