a person who belongs to a reserve military force of a country.

1875–80; reserve + -ist Unabridged
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reservist (rɪˈzɜːvɪst)
one who serves in the reserve formations of a nation's armed forces

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The average age of today's active-duty soldier is twenty-eight, and the average age of today's reservist is thirty-eight.
He works odd hours, as a military reservist and a hypnotist, so he could make time to walk the corridors and advance his argument.
They were among reservist cadets from around the country involved in two weeks of training.
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