How to Address a Salvation Army Officer
How does one address an officer of The Salvation Army? For example, William Bailey, who holds the rank of General? Or Donald Neville who is a Commissioner and Territorial Commander? How do ranks in the Salvation Army compare with ranks in the Armed Services?
—–#1) Salvation Army’s ranks are based on armed services ranks: General, Colonel, Lt. Colonel, Major, Captain, etc. The Salvation Army’s officers are addressed in writing or identified as:
—–And in a salutation or conversation:
In the Salvation Army there is also an office called ‘Commissioner’ and ‘Territorial Commander’. Territorial Commanders are identified as such, but the title is not used before the name. These officials are both addressed as:
—–—–Commissioner (Name), (Office)
—–Which looks like:
—–—–Commissioner (Full Name), National Commander
—–—–Commissioner (Full Name), Territorial Commander
—–#2) At official events the Salvation Army is grouped with community groups, not the armed services. The order is:
—–—–(B) Armed Services
—–—–(C) Community … religious groups fall into the community category.
Thus at a government event which include U.S. Armed Services personnel, the Salvation Army officers are addressed and identified by rank — but are seated with community leaders.
– Robert Hickey