How to Address a Retired Reservist?
How do you write the name of a retired reservist?
——————–— Dave S.
Dear Dave S.:
When one retires the reference to “Reserve” disappears.
—–The formula is:
—–—–[Rank] [Full Name], [Abbreviation for Branch of Service], Retired
———-[Rank] [Full Name], [Abbreviation for Branch of Service], Ret.
Both Ret. and Retired are suggested in DoD style guides. Those same style guides do not use parentheses around Ret. or Retired. So: no parentheses.
In the following samples I’ve used the service-specific abbreviations for rank. It would also be correct to spell the ranks out fully:
—–—–While Serving: GEN John Johnson, USAR
—–—–When Retired: GEN John Johnson, USA, Retired
—–—–While Serving: Gen Patrick Harris, USMCR
—–—–When Retired: Gen Patrick Harris, USMC, Retired
—–—–While Serving: Gen Andrew Wright, USAFR
—–—–When Retired: Gen Andrew Wright, USAF, Retired
—–—–While Serving: ADM Anne Neville, USNR
—–—–When Retired: ADM Anne Neville, USN, Retired
—–—–While Serving: ADM Christopher Carley, USCGR
—–—–When Retired: ADM Christopher Carley, Retired
— Robert Hickey