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 number of policemen on active duty was doubled’
    • ‘This would include keeping the officer in question on active duty, but transferring him outside of his previous unit.’
    • ‘Some officers involved remain on active duty in command of troops.’
    • ‘More than 100,000 members of the Guard and Reserve are serving on active duty.’
    • ‘This equates to more than 1,000 Police Officers unavailable for 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.’
    • ‘Officers continue on active duty and receive all regular pay and allowances from the Army.’
    • ‘For this analysis, the information from the four officers on active duty was deleted to avoid skewing the results.’
    • ‘For Teilman, it's a way to stay active without being on active duty.’
    • ‘Add the demobilization process on their return, and they can expect to be on active duty for at least nine months.’
    • ‘This service is available to members of the military who are on active duty.’
    • ‘We don't plan on having an Army Reserve where every Soldier is on active duty every day.’
    • ‘An initial tour in the Army could consist of time spent in the National Guard and on active duty.’
    • ‘While on active duty, he served two tours as a military advisor in the Republic of Vietnam.’
    • ‘When he enlisted in the Air Force, Sergeant Hitt went on active duty.’
    • ‘Many service members have purchased homes or used real property to secure loans before they enlisted or came 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.’