Offical letters

#1
Quick question:
If you have a rank of say Capt, but you're now retired, on official letters you feel the need to make a point and use your old rank, is it:

1) Capt (Retd) J Bloggs
2) Capt (Retd RA) J Bloggs
3) Capt J Bloggs (Retd)
4) Capt J Boggs (Retd RA)

Thanks
 
#2
I thought you only kept your rank on retiring if you were Substansive Major and above

Magic
 
#4
Regardless of the debate about retired rank and when it is "acceptable" to use it, the correct form would be

Capt J Bloggs

As Debrett's notes:

Other regular officers of the rank of major and above may use, and be addressed by, their rank after being placed on the retired list.

It is not considered appropriate for more junior retired officers to continue to use their rank; this advice also applies to temporary officers of all ranks (e.g. those with war service only).

Usage has it, however, that retired cavalry officers of the rank of Captain, who continue to work in civilian life with horses (both in racing and in equestrian sports) retain their rank (e.g. Captain Mark Phillips).

The word 'retired' (or Retd) should not be added after an officer's name in ordinary correspondence or in lists, but only when it is specifically necessary to indicate that an officer is on the retired list, e.g. one employed in a civilian capacity in a Ministry of Defence establishment, when it facilitates postal arrangements.
There, from the horse's mouth and without an chippy content about "stuck up" officers or snobs.
 
#5
Tankslapper said:
Quick question:
If you have a rank of say Capt, but you're now retired, on official letters you feel the need to make a point and use your old rank, is it:

1) Capt (Retd) J Bloggs
2) Capt (Retd RA) J Bloggs
3) Capt J Bloggs (Retd)
4) Capt J Boggs (Retd RA)

Thanks
Probably best to start off by remembering to spell your own name. And leave the rank out of it, unless of course you are:

Capt J Bloggs / Boggs RN (Retd)
 

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