temporary duty

noun

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

Examples of temporary duty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Friday, Arango, a Colombian national, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and assaulting two U.S. Army soldiers who were on temporary duty in Bogotá in March 2020. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 27 Jan. 2024 When 100 Air Force reservists returned home from temporary duty in Italy, their C-141 Starlifter landed at the U.S. Coast Guard station at Opa Locka Airport in northern Miami-Dade, not at their headquarters at Homestead Air Force Base, which bore the earmarks of a military attack. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 21 Aug. 2022 The Biden-Harris Administration's executive order also includes temporary duty-free importation of solar cells and modules from Southeast Asia to avoid disruptions to the electric power system. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 7 June 2022 Additionally, the money seeks to support U.S. troop deployments on NATO territory, covering the costs of U.S. personnel's transportation and equipment, temporary duty, special pay, airlift and medical support. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2022 This includes deployment, field training, temporary duty assignments, etc. Monica Dunn, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of temporary duty was in 1945

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“Temporary duty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temporary%20duty. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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