Hi just been put in a office with a civil servant who was a colonel in the army about 20 years ago. He is not the nicest person i met and he expects me to call him colonel. He is not army and his pay grade is way below equivalency to that of colonel. Am i right to call him by his christian name. I do not know the ettiquette he may have held the Queens commission in the prehistoric past but am I under the army act have to call him sir. It is not a question of respect because I dont. He has a bullying attitude which not affects me but the way he harrasses junior staff is beyond reproach. It is not personal but using former rank to phase people into his submission is galling. Can anyone shed light on the legality and ettiquette Armadillo Once again fighting for the lads that work for me!!!!!