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Joining and leaving the armed forces

4-F

adjective

if someone is listed 4-F, they are not allowed to serve in the US armed forces

AWOL

adjective

absent without leave: if someone such as a soldier goes AWOL, they leave the place where they are working without permission

buy out

to pay money so that someone can leave an organization, especially the armed forces, before the time that they had originally agreed

call up

to officially make someone become a member of the armed forces, especially in a war

call-up

noun

a situation in which people are officially ordered to join the armed forces, usually because there is a war. The American word is draft.

cashier

verb

to make someone leave a position of responsibility, especially in the armed forces, because they have done something wrong

commission

verb

to make someone an officer in the armed forces

conscript

verb

to make someone join the armed forces

conscript

noun

someone who has been made to join the armed forces

conscription

noun

the process of making people join the armed forces

demob

verb

to demobilize

demobilise

a British spelling of demobilize

demobilize

verb

to send members of military forces home, especially after a war has ended

desert

verb

if soldiers desert, they leave the army without permission

deserter

noun

someone who leaves the armed forces without permission

desertion

noun

the act of leaving the armed forces without permission

dishonourable discharge

noun

an order for someone to leave the armed forces because they have broken important rules

the draft

noun

conscription into the armed forces

draft

noun

the American spelling of draught1

draft

verb

to conscript someone into the armed forces

draft dodger

noun

someone who avoids joining their country’s armed forces when they are officially ordered to

enlist

verb

if someone enlists or is enlisted, they join the armed forces of their country

enlisted

adjective

an enlisted man or woman is a member of the armed forces who is not an officer

induct

verb

to officially take someone into the armed forces

join up

to become a member of the armed forces

press-gang

verb

in the past, to force someone to join the armed forces

recruit

verb

to get someone to join the armed forces

retd

abbreviation

retired: used after the name of someone who has stopped being an officer in the armed forces

volunteer

verb

to agree to join the armed forces without being forced

demobilization

noun

enlistment

noun

be invalided out (of)

to be forced to leave the armed forces because you are ill or injured

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to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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