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on active duty

in battle or ready to go into battle. (Military.) The soldier was on active duty for ten months. That was a long time to be on active duty.
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active duty

Full-time service, as in Julian is 81, but he still comes to the office every day and is very much on active duty . This term comes from the military, where it stands in opposition to reserve, which refers to troops still in the military but not actively engaged. It is occasionally transferred to civilian matters as well. [First half of 1800s]
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Among actively managed fund categories, taxable bond funds were the clear winner.
A detailed scrutiny of the Table shows that the averages of the distributions of the responses for the attitudes are high in general but the response averages of those actively doing sportsare higher than those not actively doing sports.
bond managers can beat the benchmark, but it may take a higher level of skill to overcome the actively managed fund expense.
For starters, neither the DOL nor any court of law has held that actively managed funds are inappropriate investments in retirement plans.
Countries with the highest percentages of actively disengaged workers had nearly twice as many residents unemployed (14%) as the countries with the fewest actively disengaged employees (8%).
270 000 Bulgarians have the intention to start work , but donat actively search for one, according to Eurostat data for the past year, published in October.
RELIGIOUS leaders in Wales have signed a joint statement pledging to actively support the new law on organ donation.
It was greater for offset J-hooks fished passively and in-line J-hooks fish actively than for offset J-hooks fished actively and in-line circle hooks fished actively.
IN THE MONTHS leading up to the launch of the first actively managed ETFs, industry commentators were generally divided into two camps.
Meanwhile, two-thirds of the country's workers are not engaged, and one-fifth of the working population is actively disengaged.
CHICAGO Despite the economic downturn, more than half of actively religious donors plan to give the same or more to charitable causes in 2009 as they did last year, a new survey shows.
Only those who meet the definition of actively engaged can qualify for farm program payments.
And, though only a very small number of long-term care executives say they are actively involved in RHIO development, that number, too, could leap ahead fairly quickly in the next couple of years.