from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Voluntary service based on an individuals' desire to serve a cause.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or enlisting, or the state of being enlisted; voluntary enrollment to serve as a soldier or a sailor.
- n. The writing by which an enlisted man is bound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of enlisting, or the state of being enlisted; the levying of soldiers or sailors by voluntary enrolment.
- n. The writing by which a soldier (other than one who has entered the military service under a commission as an officer) is bound.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a period of time spent in military service
- n. the act of enlisting (as in a military service)
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For starters, how about free tuition & books at any state university in exchange for a one term enlistment?
I mean, with wars going in two nations most Americans can't find on a map and thousands dying or coming home in pieces after having their deployments extended over and over again (while at the same time being prevented from leaving the service when their enlistment is up), who wouldn't rather obsesses over some missing white woman or other, or bemoan the steroidal state of professional baseball?
Our legislation encourages more young Americans to serve in the military by allowing the Defense Department to create a new, shorter-term enlistment option.
An enlistment is a contract in a very formal sense.
All of these young republicans, if they are so behind the war and this administration, SHOULD enlist – espescially since enlistment is so low.
Army enlistment is up more than ever, and the United States Army has to turn away recruits, ensuring that only the best and the brightest end up in Iraq.
Several companies asserted that to conscript them after the expiration of their term of enlistment was a breach of faith.
Toward the end of May, Washington left for Philadelphia to confer with Congress about ways in which to strengthen the army, and it was unanimously agreed to extend the term of enlistment for each recruit to three years.
Meanwhile, the term of enlistment for a large part of his force was due to expire on December 31.
Washington believed short-term enlistment responsible for much of the woe of the Army in Canada and urged the grant of a bounty to men already in the Army who would enlist for a term of years or for the “continuance of the war.”