re·​serv·​ist | \ ri-ˈzər-vist How to pronounce reservist (audio) \

Definition of reservist

: a member of a military reserve

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Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, killed 12 people before being shot dead in the maze-like, 600,000-square-foot building. Denise Lavoie, Twin Cities, "Police were thwarted by electronic doors during the Virginia Beach shooting," 5 June 2019 Air Force reservist Dominic Pizarro, 22, described his reaction to losing his mother and sister. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Teen in sports car blamed for fiery crash identified as YouTube star 'McSkillet'," 25 Aug. 2018 Mallory served in the military from 1977 to 2011, on active duty for the first decade and as a reservist after. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Ex-spy accused of selling secrets to China claims he was trying to help the United States," 29 May 2018 The effects of the shutdown over the weekend were relatively limited: halting trash pickup on National Park Service property, canceling military reservists' drill plans, switching off some government employees' cellphones. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump slams Democrats as third day of government shutdown begins," 22 Jan. 2018 As a military reservist called to active duty, Dockery was entitled to a portion of his state salary while serving with the Army on deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and during Operation Desert Storm. David Owens,, "Former Correction Officer, Army Reservist Avoids Prison For Stealing From State," 26 June 2018 The Seskins have also supported graduate student housing, counseling programs and funds for reservists who have lost academic time while serving in the Israel Defense Forces . Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Boca Raton resident receives honorary fellowship from Technion," 11 July 2018 Following Smither’s disappearance, more than 6,000 volunteers including the U.S. Marine reservists and the Texas State Guards searched hundreds of acres for the missing girl. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Oklahoma murder trial set for accused serial killer William Reece," 13 June 2018 In 1948, six female Navy reservists became the first women to be sworn in to the Navy., "This day in history," 6 July 2018

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1876, in the meaning defined above

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