How to Address a Retired Brigadier General?
I would like to write a note of condolence to a retired Brigadier General. What salutation do I use to start the letter with? How do I address the envelope? Thank you for your time. I appreciate it.
________________– Joan Gillman
Dear Ms. Gillman:
You need the social form for a note of condolence. For a social letter Department of Defense (DoD) guides suggest ‘full rank’ without the ‘branch of service’ or ‘Retired.’
—–Social envelope is the ‘full rank’:
—–—–Brigadier General (Full Name)
—–Salutation is the just the ‘basic rank’:
—–—–Dear General (Surname):
– Robert Hickey
How to Write a Name Badge for a Brigadier General?
How do I write the name of a retired Brigadier General on a name badge?
______________– Connie Upton
Dear Ms Upton:
There is no one way to write a name badge.
—–#1) Officers who retire with the graded ranks of General …. General, Lieutenant General, Major General, and Brigadier General continue to be addressed orally as General (Surname). If you are providing the name badges with a form of address to encourage conversation, then provide a form of the name that informs the viewer to know what call the retired officer in conversation:
———-General (Full Name)
—–#2) Sometimes name badges are written less for just what to call someone and more as ‘ID badges’ to promote information about who, from where, is at an event. I’ve seen them with (complete name) + (the office) + (the organization) too. If you are providing more information … then write the form of his name normally used in writing (including the correct branch of service, of course):
—–—–Brigadier General (Full Name), USA
—–—–Brigadier General (Full Name), USAF
—–—–Brigadier General (Full Name), USMC
—–#3) If you are going to include additional information on name badges, remember to keep the info brief. The more information that goes on, the less ledgible it becomes.
See also my note about service-specific abbreviations near the top of this page.
– Robert Hickey