But officers of O-6 and above (with certain "commercial" exceptions) use their rank as their honorific in retirement.
The use of their rank is not to impress anyone any more or less than using You can come to the meeting, but you have to leave your name at the door. When "retired" IS PERTINENT is in military environments where "active duty" personnel are present.
We recently partnered to do a fundraiser called "Dine Out Springfield", which raised money that allowed WBO to offer three additional scholarships this year and allowed the Museum to enhance their artifacts and community outreach. The museum's signatory is a US Navy Rear Admiral who is retired.The problem is that we have some members who are retired O-6 and above, who during a meeting insist that they be addressed by their rank.We have asked them to leave their rank at the door, since we have members who are not military and are not impressed by their ranks.Some retired admirals might not use their rank in a post-retirement non-military position, but if you know that he's a retired admiral, his preference must be to be addressed by his rank.My fiance and I are having a terrible time addressing some of our envelopes for our wedding.
I have a question on the proper addressing of a Retired National Guard Command Sergeant Major.