temporary duty


Definition of temporary duty

: temporary military service away from one's permanent duty station

Examples of temporary duty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scott applied for temporary duty with a new unit -- Patrol Forces Mediterranean, which included eight 110-foot patrol boats, four to be deployed to the Persian Gulf and four to the Mediterranean. cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 Between October 2011 and July 2012, State deployed, on temporary duty, 220 consular officers to Brazil (a 253% increase over the number of temporary officers sent the previous fiscal year) and 48 officers to China (a 60% increase). Stuart Anderson, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Adding to the confusion: The Pentagon has historically failed to count up to hundreds of troops actually on the ground, including some special operations forces and personnel on temporary duty for only a few months. Lolita C. Baldor, Star Tribune, 16 Nov. 2020 This includes domestic travel, permanent change of station and temporary duty. NBC News, 14 Mar. 2020 Last summer, people at the court waded through excrement until some Air Force engineers on temporary duty at Guantánamo hammered together wooden pallets for people to walk on. Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2020 OSI Special Agent Lindsay Temes: Nick went on a very long temporary duty to Turkey. Matt Goldfarb, CBS News, 19 June 2019 The man is Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren), a street cop on temporary duty in the station’s Emergency Services department (the Danish equivalent of a 911 call center). Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, 16 Oct. 2018 But via temporary duties and provisions, Beijing offers lower rates on such products as a way to satisfy rising local demand. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of temporary duty

1945, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2021

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“Temporary duty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temporary%20duty. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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