Posted on Sep 17, 2018
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I know what the regulation states, and that is that E-5 through E-8 (except for 1SG) is addressed as Sergeant. However, I continually see soldiers addressing MSGs by their full rank. Is it a sign of higher respect for the rank they earned, or is just being extra? I can see both sides of the argument - regulation vs respect towards the rank they have obtained - I want to hear all your thoughts!
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MSG Signal Support Systems Chief
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Just don't call me late for chow.
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MSG Robert Ashton
MSG Robert Ashton
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Just what you would expect an officer to say!
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MSgt Beverly Chmelik
MSgt Beverly Chmelik
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And don't call me Sir!
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MSgt Gary Enos
MSgt Gary Enos
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A simple "Your excellency" would be fine. :)
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Sgt Bob Adcock
Sgt Bob Adcock
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In the USMC MSgt and 1Sgt were called "Top". A term of respect.
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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When referring to someone you use their title, CSM when greeting you can say Sergeants Major, when you refer to them you would say Command Sergeants Major, or the CSM. The long version when assessing them SSG, SFC, MSG, CSM is acceptable but not necessary. If you feel better calling them by their full title have at it, it is not wrong just not necessary. Thank you for your service.
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
CSM Darieus ZaGara
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In the active Army First name would never happen. As for being respectful, this can be told in time. Thank you for your service. ~1288229:MSgt John Bowen]
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MSgt Willie Stovall
MSgt Willie Stovall
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MSgt John Bowen - One thing it did do for me was if I was addressed as Master Sergeant, I knew it was business and got my attention. Otherwise, what ever.
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SFC Cynthia Eyer
SFC Cynthia Eyer
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CSM Darieus ZaGara - CSM, there is a correction to calling a Sergeant of any rank by their first name--peers and seniority, and only in private or as a group of similar ranks without lower enlisted present. It's a comrade sign of close knitted bonds among the similar ranks. My seniors would call me by first name many times, unless in front of unit(s) or external offices and lower ranking personnel. We often would call each other by full rank out of respect. Everyone knew where everyone stood.
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SFC Cynthia Eyer
SFC Cynthia Eyer
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MSgt John Bowen - Most are being respectful. If like ranked called you by your first name then most hold you in friendship and as a comrade, regardless of branch. We all perform the same honor of service, just in different ways and different houses. That's what makes a village "safe".
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SSG Lyle O'Rorke
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Just don’t call them Sir.
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SrA John Wright
SrA John Wright
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Except in the Air Force. Everyone is SIR.
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MSgt Willie Stovall
MSgt Willie Stovall
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SrA John Wright - Yea, as SrA, you'd betteer be calling every one "Sir". :)
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SrA John Wright
SrA John Wright
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MSgt Willie Stovall LOL...well I did have junior airmen calling me sir too. Have not been too worried about it, as I have been out of the military since 1997. I was a Civil Air Patrol cadet in the 80's and it was drilled into my young head to call NCO's as Sgt, and officers sir or ma'm. Then I arrive for Air Force BMT, and my TI instructs us we are to address him as sir. Sort of blew my mind!
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MSgt Willie Stovall
MSgt Willie Stovall
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But you survived. :)
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