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Addressing the Different Ranks

How to properly address Soldiers, NCOs, Warrant Officers and Commissioned Officers

Commissioned Officers:

  • Address all personnel with the rank of general as “General (last name)” regardless of the number of stars.
  • Address both colonels and lieutenant colonels as “Colonel (last name).”
  • Address both first and second lieutenants as “Lieutenant (last name).”

Warrant Officers:

  • Address warrants as “Mr. (last name)” or “Ms. (last name).”

Enlisted Soldiers and NCOs:

  • Address privates (E1 and E2) and privates first class (E3) as “Private (last name).”
  • Address specialists as “Specialist (last name).”
  • Address sergeants, staff sergeants, sergeants first class, and master sergeants as “Sergeant (last name).”
  • Address first sergeants as “First Sergeant (last name).”
  • Address sergeants major as “Sergeant Major (last name).”