Major or Captain

How to Address a Major or Captain

The recommended social style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Major/Captain Robinson
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Major/Captain Richard Robinson, MC (the rank should not be abbreviated). The Regiment or Corps (or abbreviations) may be added after the name on a new line
Verbal communication Major/Captain Robinson*
Invitation Major/Captain Richard Robinson
Joint invitation+ Major/Captain Richard and Mrs Robinson
Description in conversation Major/Captain Robinson (or The Major/Captain)
List of Directors or Patrons Major/Captain Richard Robinson
Place card Major/Captain Richard Robinson

*A younger man, or a more junior officer in any of the Armed Forces, addresses him as 'Sir'.

+ Note: Traditionally, invitations to a married couple, when sent to their home address, are addressed to the wife alone, with both names being inscribed on the invitation card. It has become increasingly acceptable, however, to address the envelope with both names.

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