Meaning of short-timer in English:



military slang US
  • A person nearing the end of their period of military service.

    ‘Instead, he took a demoralized company of short-timers at Fort Knox who were suffering from a Vietnam hangover and made them the best on post - a major challenge in 1970 when our Army was teetering on the edge of anarchy.’
    • ‘Their army being what it is, there aren't enough tan desert combat fatigues to go around, so short-timers who are counting the remainder of their tours in days and not weeks have to turn theirs in and resort to relish greens.’
    • ‘If you're among the short-timers, it's time to get a grip on what you'll spend in retirement.’