Definition of active duty in US English:

active duty


  • 1Full-time service in the police or armed forces.

    • ‘He completed law school at Cleveland State before starting full-time active duty in 1989.’
    • ‘You're not allowed to blog about the war critically if you are an active duty serviceman over there.’
    • ‘With twenty-four years of active duty service, Harris is well suited to speak on these matters.’
    • ‘Since her initial enlistment she has served on active duty, in the National Guard, and the Army Reserve.’
    • ‘First of all, the Department of Defense has over a million troops on active duty, plus another million in the reserves.’
    • ‘They are meeting to discuss here what the active duty military will be doing in this operation.’
    • ‘Naturally, the active duty combat arms troops got the most, and the reserve combat support troops for the least.’
    • ‘There are more National Guard troops on active duty now than at any time since the Second World War.’
    • ‘Congress must do its duty by providing for the defense of the country with an active duty force.’
    • ‘Either could have landed him on full-time active duty for two years, potentially in Vietnam.’
    • ‘But there are nearly three million active duty service men and women and millions more veterans.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the first issue of the Green Book coincided with my starting on active duty in 1964.’
    • ‘Everyday the Coast Guard Auxiliary assists the active duty Coast Guard in many capacities.’
    • ‘Thousands of soldiers will be spending Christmas away from their families while they are on active duty across the world.’
    • ‘Well, folks, I received this from an active duty officer with experience in the field.’
    • ‘I am off active duty now and am currently a full-time student, and my major is healthcare administration.’
    • ‘In May 1940, the service recalled him to active duty for the wartime emergency.’
    • ‘It's also offered a new 15-month term of enlistment for the active duty force.’
    • ‘Latona relates what he saw to his time on active duty in the Air Force when he served in Africa.’
    • ‘This mother of two continues to serve on active duty in the war on terrorism.’
    1. 1.1 The playing of a direct role in the operational work of the police or armed forces as opposed to doing administrative work.
      • ‘When he enlisted in the Air Force, Sergeant Hitt went 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.’
      • ‘An initial tour in the Army could consist of time spent in the National Guard and on active duty.’
      • ‘Some officers involved remain on active duty in command of troops.’
      • ‘We don't plan on having an Army Reserve where every Soldier is on active duty every day.’
      • ‘This would include keeping the officer in question on active duty, but transferring him outside of his previous unit.’
      • ‘Nationally three retained firemen have died within the past three years on active duty.’
      • ‘This equates to more than 1,000 Police Officers unavailable for active duty.’
      • ‘Officers continue on active duty and receive all regular pay and allowances from the Army.’
      • ‘For Teilman, it's a way to stay active without being on active duty.’
      • ‘While on active duty, he served two tours as a military advisor in the Republic of Vietnam.’
      • ‘For this analysis, the information from the four officers on active duty was deleted to avoid skewing the results.’
      • ‘More than 100,000 members of the Guard and Reserve are serving 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.’
      • ‘This service is available to members of the military who are on active duty.’
      • ‘Many service members have purchased homes or used real property to secure loans before they enlisted or came on active duty.’
      • ‘Add the demobilization process on their return, and they can expect to be on active duty for at least nine months.’


active duty

/ˈaktiv ˈd(y)o͞odē/