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How is someone who is retired from the USMC addressed?

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Retired Marine Corps personnel can use their ranks rather than civilian titles if they prefer. To address a retired USMC member correctly requires knowing what his personal preference is, as well as knowledge of his former rank.

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For formal correspondence, using the rank and service of the person in question is the correct manner unless he has adopted a civilian title for professional or academic purposes. This is accompanied by a notation of retired status in the form "Major John Doe, USMC, Retired." In speech, asking what the person wants to be called is easiest and avoids confusion or offence.

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