guardsman n : a soldier who is a member of a unit called `the guard' or `guards'
- German: Gardist (1,2,3), Wärter (1)
- For the armored character in Marvel Comics, see Guardsman (comics).
Guardsman is a rank used instead of Private in some military units that serve as the official bodyguard of a sovereign or head of state. It is also used as a generic term for any member of a Guards unit of any rank.
The British Army Foot Guards Regiments have used the rank since 1920, when it was adopted instead of Private.
In the Canadian Forces, the rank is used by Privates in the Governor General's Foot Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards. The rank is considered non-gender specific and therefore applies equally to female soldiers. The rank badge is identical to that of Private, a single chevron.