How to Address an Adjutant General

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How to Address an Adjutant General?

How do you address a letter to the Adjutant General of a state’s National Guard Force?  He is appointed by the Governor of the State. He has the military rank of ‘Major General’
Is he:
—-—-General (Surname)?
—-—-Adjutant General (Surname)?
—-—-Another form of address?
—-—-—-—-— PT

Dear PT,
An adjutant is an administrative assistant, principal aide, staff or executive officer to a commanding officer. An adjutant general is a principal staff officer of a commanding officer of a major military unit.

The first and second rules of forms of address are:
—-#1) Address by rank
—-#2) Identify by office

—-So, the formula is on the envelope and the letter’s address block:
——–(Rank) (Full Name) + (Identify the office held)

—-And in conversation:
——–(Rank) (Surname)

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

You’ve stated he has rank of ‘Major General’ and holds the office of ‘Adjutant General’ – and using the formula for armed services personnel:

—-Official Envelope:
——–Major General (Full Name), (Post-nominal of the state National Guard)
—-—-Adjutant General
—-—-(State) National Guard Headquarters (or whatever)
—-—-(Address)

—-Salutation:
—-—-Dear General (Surname):

The form above is correct: (Full Rank) on the envelope and letter’s address block, and (Basic Rank) in the salutation. If this sort of question comes up often, my book has more info.

— Robert Hickey How to Address an Adjutant General

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"