What does/did "on command" mean?

alloydog

Old-Salt
I got asked this the other day. The term came up when a friend was looking at some records from around 1800. It referred to when a Sergeant or Rank and File were 'On Command'.

Any ideas?
 
On Command of the General Staff rather than Regimental duties maybe?
 

alloydog

Old-Salt
Thanks. I guess I need to ask the person who asked me for the context it was used in, as know seems to know what it means...
 

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