Active duty refers to a full-time occupation as part of a military force, as opposed to reserve duty. In Great Britian and the Commonwealth the equivilent term is active service.
Famous quotes containing the words active and/or duty:
“We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voicethat is, until we have stopped saying It got lost, and say, I lost it.”
—Sydney J. Harris (b. 1917)
“Reinhold Niebuhr observes that the sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.”
—Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.)