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

Definition of reservist

: a member of a military reserve

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In 1991, Patrick deployed to the Gulf War as an army reservist. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 In 1948, six female US Navy reservists became the first women to be sworn in to the regular Navy., "This day in history," 7 July 2019 Police on Friday said an unknown number of gunmen stormed Konton center in Wajir East and kidnapped three reservists. Fox News, "10 Kenyan police officers killed in blast near Somalia," 15 June 2019 Nike: Active, veteran, retired and reservists, spouses and dependents of active 4personnel get a 10% military discount at and Nike, Converse and Hurley stores. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Where active military, vets can get free food and save July 4th and throughout the year," 3 July 2019 There is a longtime policy in place that allows service academy graduates to petition for early release from active duty and serve as reservists, which provides an easier path for pursuing a professional sports career, but those policies can change. Ava Wallace,, "Red Sox pick Navy’s Noah Song No. 137 in MLB draft, academy’s highest selection," 4 June 2019 Scientists at Sydney’s Australian Museum, along with Australian Army reservists, helped Foster excavate the find as an accumulation of dinosaur bones embedded in blocks of rock, with the museum then taking the fossils into their collections. John Pickrell, National Geographic, "Exclusive: Gem-like fossils reveal stunning new dinosaur species," 3 June 2019 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

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1876, in the meaning defined above

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: a member of a military reserve

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