Definition of reserved occupation in English:

reserved occupation


  • An occupation from which a person will not be taken for military service.

    • ‘When the war broke out in 1939 Grandpa's land work and mine work were both reserved occupations, which meant that he couldn't join up, and instead stayed home doing his bit for the war effort through his two jobs.’
    • ‘It was 1940; their father was in a reserved occupation and had moved to London for work purposes.’
    • ‘In addition, if you were in a reserved occupation you could be transferred to another site in the UK if your skills were needed there.’
    • ‘They joined ‘cells’ of farm workers, men in reserved occupations, veterans and teenagers too young to be called up.’
    • ‘It was almost as though they had nothing in common with those others who, whether through age, disability, or because they were working in what was called a ‘reserved occupation’, had remained civilians for the six years of hostilities.’
    • ‘Employers were able to apply for ‘reserved occupation’ status for men of enlisting age.’
    • ‘Not everyone in a reserved occupation was excused call up during the war at least.’
    • ‘The three big exemption categories were only sons, non-Slavic ethnic groups, and reserved occupations.’
    • ‘There are 18,000 names altogether - an extraordinary number for an industry in which driving and signalling were considered reserved occupations exempt from military call-up.’
    • ‘He remained in a reserved occupation, manufacturing components for the war effort, but some of the others were called up as the war went on.’
    • ‘As wartime minister of labour, Ernest Bevin had permitted thousands of miners to enlist in the armed services rather than retaining them as a reserved occupation.’
    • ‘Those that were left were either too young, too old, or in reserved occupations doing jobs vital to the war effort.’
    • ‘After volunteering for aircrew early in the war, Arthur was informed by the selection board that as a draughtsman in a reserved occupation, he would only be considered for training as a pilot's observer.’
    • ‘The men were mostly farmers or other reserved occupations who used membership of the Home Guard as a cover story.’
    • ‘National Service was a duty to the thousands of ‘two year’ soldiers, called up all over the country in time of need, unless they were in reserved occupations.’