Forms of Address

Forms of Address

The information contained herein is quoted from A Guide To Protocol And Etiquette For Official Entertainment (Pamphlet No. 600-60 Headquarters Department of the Army Washington, D.C., dated 15 October 1989)


As part of their official duties, Army officers and their spouses may be required to take part in social functions in the United States and overseas. This chapter provides general rules which will be helpful.


High officials such as presidents, ambassadors, and cabinet members are addressed by their titles only, never by name. When the spouse of such an official is addressed, alone or together with the official, only the surname is used without the Christian name or initial.


All presidential appointees and federal and state elected officials are addressed as “The Honorable.” As a general rule, county and city officials (excluding mayors) are not addressed as “The Honorable.”


Although the courtesy title “His Excellency” is accorded to high foreign officials, it is rarely used in addressing officials of the United States. However, some governors within their own States are ac-corded this title.


The titles and forms of address for some distinguished officials of the United States are shown in table 6-1. Further listings of titles and forms of address can be found in “Protocol” by Mary Jane McCaffree and Pauline Innis. For questions concerning titles and forms of address, contact Department of the Army Protocol, Office, Chief of Staff Army (DACS-DSP), AV 227-0692.

NOTE: More details on "Titles and forms of address for U.S. Officials" can be found in Pamphlet No. 600-60 in Table 6-1.