One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person nearing the end of their period of military service.
- ‘If you're among the short-timers, it's time to get a grip on what you'll spend in retirement.’
- ‘Instead, he took a demoralized company of short-timers at Fort Knox who were suffering from a Vietnam hangover and made them the best on post - a major challenge in 1970 when our Army was teetering on the edge of anarchy.’
- ‘Their army being what it is, there aren't enough tan desert combat fatigues to go around, so short-timers who are counting the remainder of their tours in days and not weeks have to turn theirs in and resort to relish greens.’
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