One who enters into service voluntarily, but who, when in service, is subject to discipline and regulations like other soldiers; -- opposed to conscript; specifically, a voluntary member of the organized militia of a country as distinguished from the standing army.
Someone who does something because they want to, not because they need to. Most Civil War soldiers, especially in the beginning of the War, were volunteers. Men joined the armies on both sides because they wanted to fight for their cause.
Volunteer (Irish: Ã“glach), which is often abbreviated Vol..http://www.rsfcork.com/hungerstrikes.htm Belfast brigade 25th Anniversary of H-Block Hunger Strike 1981 - 2006, is a term used by a number of Irish republican paramilitary organisations to describe their members. Ã“glach is the Irish version of the title and the title commonly used by a number of Republican military organisations, such as the Irish Republican Army, Provisional IRA and the Irish National Liberation Army as the general description for their members.