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Old Sep 20th 2007, 7:59 am
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Meet an American who was on holiday in NZ, got chatting
and he told me his name was Captain etc etc.

I asked if he was active military, nope he was retired from
the military he said.

So being used to Commonwealth customs I asked , retired
Naval captain, surprised because this bloke looked about
thirty five, nope retired army he said.

Now I know of only one retired army Captain in the UK who uses his rank.

Is it common in the USA for non field grade retired officers
to use their rank?
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Old Sep 20th 2007, 8:15 am
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In the British military, retired senior officers are the only people allowed to 'retain' their rank when they retire. Therefore, the officer must've at least reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander (RN), Major (Army) or Squadron Leader (RAF). Whenever referring to their retired rank the ex-officer should use the abbreviation (Ret'd) after the rank ie. Major (Ret'd) Badminton-Squash
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Old Sep 20th 2007, 10:47 am
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It is common for many US military officers who are retired out to be put in the IRR, Individual Ready Reserve, and thus (although they don't drill) be technically still on reserve status.

This is changing a bit though as some IRR members are being called up for Iraq duty.
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