How to Address a Lieutenant General

—-__—-For a Lieutenant General and Spouse see Couple, Military

Lieutenant General, USA, USMC, USAF

—-Envelope or address block in an email:

—-—-Lieutenant General (Full Name), USA/USAF/USMC

——–—-LTG (Full Name), USA

—-—-—-Lt Gen (Full Name), USAF

——–—-LtGen (Full Name), USMC

—-Envelope, social:
—-—-Lieutenant General (Full Name)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear General (Surname):

—-Each service has service-specific abbreviations for its ranks. Both spelling out and using service-specific abbreviations are correct. If you are looking for more detailed information, look in my book: I get into it all there.

—-See also General, Major General and Brigadier General

— Robert Hickey

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How to Address a Retired Lieutenant General?

I would like to write a note of condolence to a retired Lt. General. What salutation do I use to start the letter with? How do I address the envelope? T
________________– Joan Gillman

Dear Ms. Gillman:

You need the social form for a note of condolence. For a social letter Department of Defense (DoD) guides suggest ‘full rank’ without the ‘branch of service’ or ‘Retired.’

—–Social envelope is the ‘full rank’:
—–—–Lieutenant General (Full Name)

—–Salutation is the just the ‘basic rank’:
—–—–Dear General (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”