Civilian Pursuits Law and Legal Definition

Engaged in civilian pursuits means engaged in ordinary community life as distinguished from the military or the ecclesiastical.

Civilian is a person not serving in military or a person who does not belong to a particular group or engage in a particular activity. Any activity pursued by an ordinary citizen can be called a civilian pursuit.

Example of a caselaw using the term: Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, 50 U.S.C.A. App., sections 301-318. not only prescribed procedures for the selection, training and service of individual citizens of the United States in the armed forces, but also made provisions for the return to their previous civilian pursuits.[ Hanebuth v. Patton, 115 Colo. 166, 171 (Colo. 1946)]

Example of a federal statute using the term:

37 USCS § 433 speaking about the allowances for muster duty says:

(c) The allowance authorized by this section may not be disbursed in kind. The allowance may be paid to the member before, on, or after the date on which the muster duty is performed, but not later than 30 days after that date. The allowance shall constitute the single, flat-rate monetary allowance authorized for the performance of muster duty and shall constitute payment in full to the member, regardless of grade or rank in which serving, as commutation for travel to the immediate vicinity of the designated muster duty location, transportation, subsistence, and the special or extraordinary costs of enforced absence from home and civilian pursuits, including such absence on weekends and holidays.