How to Send an Email to a Chief Petty Officer Who is My Admissions Counselor

elorodelmar4

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I am currently active duty enlisted in the Navy. As such, my application process is different. My Admissions Counselor is currently a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. I have never sent an email before to a Chief in the Navy. Does anybody have advice as to how the official format might be when addressing a Chief via email?
 

MidCakePa

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Or if it’s not morning, try this: “Hello Chief Smith.”

Not to be flippant here, but please don’t overthink this. Be polite, respectful and direct. That’s it.
 

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There may actually be a directive on that. Why yes there is. SECNAV M-5216.5, from June 2015 from Ray Mabus.

4-2 Informal Correspondence
There are no specific guidelines for informal correspondence; however, keep it brief, use good taste, and observe traditional customs and courtesies. Do not use a complete signature line to identify the sender, but the sender must be fully identified. You may omit the signature line entirely if your computer automatically identifies the sender.

Because one thing you can count on the Navy having, is a plan written down on lots of pages for everyone to follow. :)
 

A6E Dad

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this is from my experience a while back, but still probably acceptable

email from a civilian to military can be formatted any way you want, but active military to military has certain etiquette to follow.
when speaking, you address a chief petty officer as Chief, as in "Hello, Chief Neptune, nice day today", and you'd address a LTJG or LCDR as "lieutenant" or "commander"

but in writing, you'd address him/her as CPO Neptune/LTJG Badass/LCDR Hinge

For informal email, you'd avoid greetings like "Hi" or "Hello" and "Dear", and use "Good morning/afternoon/evening"

for example:
Good morning, CPO Neptune,
<body of message>
Very Respectfully, (or V/R)
AB2 Hotshot

For closing, this is what you usually see,
R/ = Junior
V/R = senior or civilian
Very Respectfully = 06 and above
 

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No different than any communication, verbal or written , with a Chief ...treat them with the formality and respect they deserve.
Good to see the SecNavInst reflects common sense ... that doesn't always happen.
 
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