Definition of active service in English:

active service


mass noun
  • Direct participation in military operations as a member of the armed forces.

    ‘an airman on active service’
    ‘her son saw active service in the Gulf War’
    • ‘William Warbrick fought in the First World War and died on active service in Egypt in 1917.’
    • ‘He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the second world war and saw active service in north Africa and Italy.’
    • ‘More people have been killed in roads since the Second World War than the number of British soldiers killed on active service during the war.’
    • ‘Its most famous name is that of the poet Rupert Brooke, who died on active service with the Hood Battalion during the Gallipoli campaign.’
    • ‘Laurent, as a former military man, returned to active service to fight for his country against the Prussians.’
    • ‘In 40 years of active service he saw the Army at its worst and at its best.’
    • ‘In more than 30 years of active service, Sutten held an array of key command and staff positions.’
    • ‘During his army career he saw active service in Korea and Vietnam before moving into the intelligence field.’
    • ‘The son of an Anzac sniper, he joined the infantry in 1945 but was too young to see active service in World War II.’
    • ‘Thirteen squadrons saw active service as part of the ICBM deterrent force.’
    • ‘The tax exclusion applies only to compensation for active service in the Armed Forces.’
    • ‘The experts were fully convinced that two years of active service was sufficient for the military training of the infantry.’
    • ‘My mum and dad got engaged immediately prior to my dad going off to 5 years of active service in World War II.’
    • ‘I would particularly like to thank all the ADF members who served with distinction on active service.’
    • ‘But for the most part, the Army expects TA soldiers to be ready to leave for active service at a moment's notice.’
    • ‘Despite active service during the entire war he escaped unscathed apart from a nick out of his ear lobe caused by a sniper's bullet.’
    • ‘All band members are available for active service if required.’
    • ‘Born in Clark, Missouri, Bradley did not see active service during the First World War.’
    • ‘Mr Trueman, a tank radio operator during the war, also saw active service in Italy and North Africa.’
    • ‘All veterans who are British residents and saw active service with, or alongside, British and Allied armed forces will be eligible for funding.’


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