Addressing a Blue and Gold Officer

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  1. JFleet

    JFleet 5-Year Member

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    I have recently been informed as to who my BGO is (He is a Lieutenant Commander) and I was planning on contacting him via email ASAP. However, I do not know how to address him when writing the email (I.E. "Dear so and so"). Should I address him at Lieutenant Commander so and so, Commander so and so, Dear Sir? I would like to sound professional and proper in my first personal contact with the academy. Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015 5-Year Member

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    Use his rank unless otherwise given permission, especially if he is active duty/reserves. My ALO is a LTC and I address in e-mail him as such, when we are speaking it is Colonel ___.
     
  3. jtoye

    jtoye NAPS '12 appointee 5-Year Member

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    My BGO is a LCDR in the reserves and I try to remember to address my e-mails as "Dear LCDR", but occasionally a Mr. or Sir slips in :rolleyes:.
     
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    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO 10-Year Member

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    Sir/Ma'am is always appropriate, as well as military rank.
     
  5. JFleet

    JFleet 5-Year Member

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    So would

    "Dear Lieutenant Commander _______,"

    be an appropriate means of addressing my BGO?
     
  6. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015 5-Year Member

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    Yea that should be fine. Make sure your writing is grammatically correct, formal, professional, etc. When speaking, like jadler said sir/ma'am is also appropriate
     
  7. kp2001

    kp2001 10-Year Member

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    No need for the 'Dear'

    Use "LCDR ________"

    and sign it off with "Very Respectfully," instead of sincerely or regards or whatever other salutation there may be. This is standard Navy/military writing.
     
  8. usna1985

    usna1985 10-Year Member

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    If your BGO is a civilian (and many are), Mr./Ms. is fine as well. Just don't call the person by his/her first name unless asked to do so.
     

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