How to Address a Specialist

————–For a specialist and spouse, see Couple, Military

How to Address a Specialist

—-Envelope or address block on an email: How to Address a Specialist
—-—-Specialist (Full name), USA
—-—-SPC (Full name), USA

—-Social envelope: How to Address a Specialist
—-—-Specialist (Full name)

—-Salutation: How to Address a Specialist
—-—-Dear Specialist (Surame)
—-—-Dear SPC (Surname)

—-Conversation: How to Address a Specialist
—-—-Specialist (Suname)


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”

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.
—-—-—-—-—-– 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


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”