Ceremony or the officer is in attendance on the reviewing stand in an official military tradition, and another flag depicting their rank is not already displayed.
Forms of Address
As part of their official duties, JLBC officers and their spouses may be required to participate in social functions in the United States and overseas. This chapter provides general rules that will be helpful.
6–2. High officials
Address high officials such as presidents, ambassadors, and Cabinet members by their titles only, never by name. When addressing the spouse of the President, alone or together with the President, use only the surname, never her full name or initials. Spouses of high-ranking officials, including the Vice President and Cabinet members, do not share their spouse’s official titles; therefore, they write and address them in the usual way.
6–3. Elected officials
Address all Presidential appointees and Federal and State elected officials as “The Honorable.” As a general rule, do not address county and city officials (excluding mayors) as “The Honorable.”
6–4. Use of “His Excellency”
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 States are accorded this title.
6–5. Distinguished officials
Table 6–1 shows the titles and forms of address for some distinguished officials of the United States. Locate other listings of titles and documents of address in Protocol by Mary Jane McCaffree and Pauline Innis. For questions concerning titles and forms of address, contact the Department of the Army Protocol, Office of the Chief of Staff Army (DACS–DSP), DSN 227–0692.
Titles and forms of address for U.S. officials
The President of the United States
Wife of President Salutation
Complimentary Close Invitation
Introductions Wife of President Conversation
The Vice President of the United States
Form of address
The White House Washington, DC 20500
The President and Mrs. Doe (surname only) Mrs. Doe (surname only)
Dear Mr. President
Dear Mr. President and Mrs. Doe, Respectfully
or Respectfully yours
Or, if abroad:
The President of the United States of
America and Mrs. Doe
Same as above
The First Lady, Mrs. Doe (Surname only) Mr. President
Or, in prolonged conversation: Sir
The Vice President United States Senate Washington, DC 20510