Alpha 8: allow using the attack flag at all times?

Would it be possible to use the attack flag even when the hearthlings are not in Fight & Defend stance? I wanted to assign one footman to a party and then send him out to explore (in search of ore veins). Unfortunately, I could only do this while the rest of the population is drafted as well.

Edit: it does seem to work after deleting the party and creating a new one. I will do some test scenarios and see if I can recreate this situation.

The trapper was actually intended to double as a sort of scout. In fact I believe it was implemented with a greater view distance.