How to Address a Medic

How to Address a U.S. Armed Forces Medic?

William Thompson is a major in the U.S. Army. He is medic.
——–– Nameless Surfer of Few Words

Dear NSoFW:

In the armed services there are physicians, nurses, therapist, corpsman –– every kind of healthcare professional you can imagine. All armed services personnel are addressed by rank.

I will assume it’s a personal or social letter. Write his name without reference to the branch of service (USA)  or that he serves in the medical corps. Neither is included in social correspondence.

—–Official envelope or address block on letter or email::
—–—–(Rank)+(Name), (Abbreviation for Branch of Service)

———-Which looks like for the Army:
———-—–Major William Thompson, USA

—–Social envelope or address block on letter or email::

———-Which looks like:
———-—–Major William Thompson

– Robert Hickey   How to Address a Medic


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?

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—-#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”