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active duty

noun, Military.
the status of full-time service:
on active duty.
Also called active service. Unabridged
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  • His countrymen were the first to press steam into the active service of mankind.

  • This was in November, rather a latish month for active service on those waters.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • I had made his acquaintance in the active service detachment.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • He was expecting soon to be called to active service "over there."

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And this it is they persuaded me to prefer to active service!

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for active service

active service

military duty in an operational area
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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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