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 …

—-—-Captain (Full Name), USN
—-—-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.
___What I don’t cover on this site are many things I do cover in my book: all the rules of forms of address, about names, international titles, precedence, complimentary closes, details on invitations, place cards, all sorts of introductions, etc. I hope you’ll get a copy of the book if you’d like the further detail.

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”