temporary duty


Definition of temporary duty

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

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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, "‘The Guilty’: Abduction drama focuses on one cop — and one riveting performance," 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, "A World Apart: Charting the Gulf Between Chinese and U.S. Tariffs," 15 May 2018 According to a letter sent by CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to McCaskill, CBP had to bring 80 to 200 temporary duty officers to these ports of entry each quarter between 2016 and 2017. Alex Derosier, CBS News, "More customs officers needed to stop flow of drugs through border crossings, report finds," 10 May 2018 Training missions here were unaffected, but without federal funding such things as temporary duty travel, where people go from one place to another to execute operations, were impossible. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas cities eye possible government shutdown with anger, frustration," 17 Jan. 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of temporary duty was in 1945

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