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active duty

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Definition of active duty in English:

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
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  • 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.
  • Officers continue on active duty and receive all regular pay and allowances from the Army.

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