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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’
—-—-Adjutant General (Surname)?
—-—-Another form of address?
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:
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:
——–Major General (Full Name), (Post-nominal of the state National Guard)
—-—-(State) National Guard Headquarters (or whatever)
—-—-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