Definition of active duty in English:

active duty

noun

mass noun
  • The playing of a direct role in the operational work of the police or armed forces as opposed to doing administrative work.

    ‘the first aid kit was supposed to be issued to soldiers on active duty’
    • ‘Add the demobilization process on their return, and they can expect to be on active duty for at least nine months.’
    • ‘Officers continue on active duty and receive all regular pay and allowances from the Army.’
    • ‘More than 100,000 members of the Guard and Reserve are serving on active duty.’
    • ‘For Teilman, it's a way to stay active without being on active duty.’
    • ‘This equates to more than 1,000 Police Officers unavailable for active duty.’
    • ‘We don't plan on having an Army Reserve where every Soldier is on active duty every day.’
    • ‘For this analysis, the information from the four officers on active duty was deleted to avoid skewing the results.’
    • ‘When he enlisted in the Air Force, Sergeant Hitt went on active duty.’
    • ‘Being on active duty, we have to meet the minimum time requirements as well as have a current passing physical fitness test.’
    • ‘Nationally three retained firemen have died within the past three years on active duty.’
    • ‘This would include keeping the officer in question on active duty, but transferring him outside of his previous unit.’
    • ‘An initial tour in the Army could consist of time spent in the National Guard and on active duty.’
    • ‘This service is available to members of the military who are on active duty.’
    • ‘Officers due for suspension have often in practice remained on active duty at the same police station in which the offence was committed.’
    • ‘Some officers involved remain on active duty in command of troops.’
    • ‘Many service members have purchased homes or used real property to secure loans before they enlisted or came on active duty.’
    • ‘While on active duty, he served two tours as a military advisor in the Republic of Vietnam.’