How to Address a Commandant

How to Address a Commandant?

How do I address an envelope to the Commandant of Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy? His rank is a USN captain.
——————– Nan King

Dear Ms. King:

The rule is:

—-#1) Address by their rank
—-#2) Identify by the office they hold.

Start with the standard form for addressing an armed services officer. Then list his job:

Official envelope:
——–(Full Rank) (Full Name), (Branch of Service)
——–Commandant of …
——–(Address)

—-—-Captain (Full Name), USN
—-—-Commandant
—-—-United States Naval Academy

—-—-121 Blake Road
—-—-Annapolis, MD 21402

—-Salutation, formally (office held):
—-—-Dear Commandant:

—-Salutation, less formally (rank+name):
—-—-Dear Captain (Surname):

– Robert Hickey

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"