skate duty


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Now all he needed was a driver.
It was a crucial part of the plan, because generals and admirals never drove themselves anywhere. They always had a personal assistant assigned to them, an E-4 or an E-5 or an E-6 who served as a chauffeur and a secretary and a baggage handler and an errand runner. Skate duty, as long as the officer you were assigned to wasn’t an asshole.
Source: The Jack Reacher Experiment by Jude Hardin

What does skate duty refer to?

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    English - USA
    It refers to the E-4/5/6 (the enlisted person); 'skate' because it's an easy job as long as the officer isn't an asshole.


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    English - U.S.
    WR dictionary


    to do something, esp. one's work, in an overly relaxed or superficial way:[no object] He skated through his assignments and handed in the bare minimum.

    The use here isn't exactly the same as the example but the general idea is the same - easy work.
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