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Power, violence, compulsion, or constraint exerted upon or against a person or thing. Power dynamically considered, that is, in motion or in action; constraining power, compulsion; strength directed to an end. Commonly the word occurs in such connections as to show that unlawful or wrongful action is meant, e.g., forcible entry.

Power statically considered, that is, at rest, or latent, but capable of being called into activity upon occasion for its exercise. Efficacy; legal validity. This is the meaning when we say that a statute or a contract is in force.

Reasonable force is that degree of force that is appropriate and not inordinate in defending one's person or property. A person who employs such force is justified in doing so and is neither criminally liable nor civilly liable in tort for the conduct.

Deadly Force is utilized when a person intends to cause death or serious bodily harm or when he or she recognizes personal involvement in the creation of a substantial risk that death or bodily harm will occur.

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He later requested the DND to submit to the Senate Committee on Finance its long-term vision for the reserve force, as well as the budget required to achieve this goal starting next year.
This is what we are going to be doing in the future and the civilian skill sets resident in the Reserve Force are ideal to carry out these essential functions.
When he left for the war zone in mid-July, staff actions were well under way in the Pentagon and White House preparatory to calling up Reserve forces. While McNamara was in Saigon, Deputy Secretary Cyrus Vance cabled him that President Lyndon Johnson was "favorably disposed to the call-up of Reserves and extension of tours of active duty personnel." (2) Vance added that the previous day he had met three times with the President and been assured that a "request for legislation authorizing call-up of Reserves would be acceptable." (3)
"Unlike Large, Medium-Speed, Roll-on/Roll-off vessels, the ships of the Ready Reserve Force come in all different sizes and configurations," he said.
Air Force Reserve planners are designing an organization that will serve as the single path to request and receive, as well as oversee and deliver, Air Force Reserve forces and capability.
A spokesman for the Police Federation said: "If the Chief Constable decides to disband the full-time reserve force it will be both inexplicable and unjustifiable."
Story by JOSA Quinn Whisner, a journalist assigned to the public affairs office, Commander Naval Reserve Force, New Orleans.
SPAWAR Systems Center Charleston worked together with the Navy Reserve Force to field the new Web site and set out to solve a myriad of problems associated with the existing Web sites.
A successful defence force, said General Kabarebe, is one with a strong Reserve Force. We have served in different forces and this is the first time we are given an opportunity to train together.
He also called on ordinary citizens to join the reserve force.
The Office of the High Representative (OHR) considers the reasoning to be completely unclear for the establishment of a reserve force of the RS police, and calls on the National Assembly of RS (RSNA) to respond transparently to all the remarks directed towards them on this occasion.