How to Address a Specialist

Addressing an Envelope to a Specialist

How do I properly address an invitation’s envelope for a friend in the Army National Guard? He is a Specialist at Ft Leonard Wood in MO.

Thanks so much – I am woefully uninformed about this! I appreciate this a lot!
—-—-—-—-—-– Michele How to Address a Specialist

Dear Michele, How to Address a Specialist

You have his rank, Specialist, and branch of Service … Army.

The Army National Guard  (ANG) uses the same ranks as the regular Army (USA).  On official correspondence you use the branch of service. On social correspondence you don’t.

While it is always correct to write out the rank fully … Specialist Brett Wilson … in the Army they use an Army-specific abbreviation for the Specialist – SPC. This Army-specific abbreviation for his rank is ALL CAPS & no periods: SPC.  Below I’ve shown it both ways.

—-Social Envelope: How to Address a Specialist
——–(Rank) (Full Name)
—-—-—-Which looks like:
—-—-—-—-Specialist Brett Wilson

——–—-—-SPC Brett Wilson

– Robert Hickey   How to Address a Specialist

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