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  • n. A state in which person in the military performs military duties on a full-time basis, as opposed to reserve, where one only occasionally performs military duties.


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  • The seaplane was hit, but the observer, Lieutenant Erskine Childers, a Royal Navy reserve officer now on active duty and the author of the popular thriller The Riddle of the Sands, managed to perform his mission.

    Castles of Steel

  • Governor Dukakis had sued to enjoin Reagan from ordering troops of the Massachusetts National Guard to active duty in Central America.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • REMARKS: Ian Lincoln Beckwith, a member of the United States Armed Forces serving on active duty with NAVSPEWARGRU-ONE, platoon 2, navy SEAL, went missing three days after Operation Silent Mercy concluded.


  • Shortly before, a new policy was established by our Air Force personnel folks offering regular commissions to some people who were currently on active duty in a reserve-officer status.

    Thud Ridge

  • Pegram had long been affianced to Hetty Cary of Baltimore, but his service in Tennessee and then his active duty with Lee and his wound had delayed the marriage.


  • During the Civil War, detachments of sisters nursed the sick soldiers in Camp Curtin and the Church Hospital, Harrisburg; later, under Surgeon General Smith, the had more active duty in the floating hospitals which received the wounded from the southern battle-fields.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • I went on active duty for training to Fort Polk, Louisiana, where I spent eighteen weeks from July to November 1970.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • Snowden Andrews, though still unfit for active duty because of a wound received at Cedar Mountain, had the stimulus of promotion to lieutenant colonel.


  • (Col. Schwartz survived to return to the States, to go back to active duty and eventually become a major general, and to command Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco.)

    Blood Brothers

  • That is why Barack and I were supporters from the start of Jim Webb's GI Bill - which allows National Guard and Reserve members to earn educational benefits based on their total cumulative active duty ... instead of their single longest tour, the way they do in existing Title 10 programs.

    Remarks for Senator Joe Biden: The National Guard Association Conference


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