Adressing my ALO

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  1. PeterK

    PeterK Member

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    I was in contact with my ALO, who is a Lt. Col, and I was wondering how I should address him. In each email I have been saying "Lt. Col." but I have a phone call with him and I want to properly address him.


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  2. usafmk95

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    "Lieutenant Colonel" or "sir" is fine.


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  3. djms19

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    In conversation, you may address him as Colonel and Sir.
     
  4. PeterK

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    Thank you guys.


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  5. gbobster

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    "I would appreciate it if he would address me as "Colonel" or "Sir." I believe I've earned it."
    Col. Nathan R. Jessup A Few Good Men, 1992

    Sorry, I couldn't resist that
     
  6. Christcorp

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    Have you ever asked your ALO how they prefer to be addressed? Probably not or you wouldn't be asking the question. If your ALO is retired, they may prefer to be addressed by their name. That's how I prefer. I've told quite a few candidates to please refer to me as Mike.Most do. Some ccan't control themselves and continue with the "sir" stuff.

    But it depends on the individual. I've met a few active and retired military who eat up the rank recognition. Just like some spouses who lived to wear their military spouse's rank. E.g. hi. I'm Mrs/Mr Colonel so and so.

    Try asking your ALO. Most are human.
     
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    :thumb: My thoughts exactly :biggrin:
     
  8. flieger83

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    Call me Colonel, Call me Sir, call me Mr. XXXX....

    I'm good with all of them; as are most ALO's.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  9. CannotBeDisplayed

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    My ALO is a retired Major. I still try to keep a professional and consistent format in our emails (I always begin emails to him with "Major Herron"), but the "yes, sir, yes, Major Herron" stuff on the phone or in person wore off after a couple of weeks as we got to know each other better. He has made it known to me that he is comfortable with me addressing him as I would anyone else.
     
  10. Buff-IP

    Buff-IP USAFA '88 Pilot

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    As a minimum, call everyone older than you Sir!

    When they introduce themselves to you...what they use is how they want to be addressed (hello, I'm col x, or I am Dave, or I am sparky). If it seems too casual, or you think they are setting you up, then ask them.

    You won't offend anyone by being too formal, unless they tell you to call them dave or they will kill you.


    The only thing that ever bothered me is being called by last name only.
     

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