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active duty

noun, Military
1.
the status of full-time service:
on active duty.
Also called active service.
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  • Officers on the retired list receive three-fourths as much pay as when on active duty at sea.

  • They had served together in the Space Service when Mike was on active duty.

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  • There were mechanical difficulties in securing for enlisted men in active duty leave to attend a caucus in Paris.

  • The appointment was for life, but they took it in turns to be on active duty.

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  • Many will be involved in this effort, from FBI agents to intelligence operatives to the reservists we have called to active duty.

Idioms and Phrases with active duty

active duty

Full-time service, as in Julian is 81, but he still comes to the office every day and is very much on active duty. This term comes from the military, where it stands in opposition to reserve, which refers to troops still in the military but not actively engaged. It is occasionally transferred to civilian matters as well. [ First half of 1800s ]
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