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Old 02-03-2004, 03:51 PM
Bear_Nenno Bear_Nenno is offline
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"v/r" in a business email?

OK, so I got an email today that went something like this:

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CPL NENNO,

Bla bla bla bla bla you suck bla bla bla bla.

v/r

MSG SNUFFY
What's the v/r mean? This guy loves to be all 'official' n stuff.
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Old 02-03-2004, 04:16 PM
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My best guess is that it's the "TO/FROM" initials, on a less formal basis. Does your first name start with V and his with an R, or vice versa?
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Old 02-03-2004, 04:17 PM
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Virtual Regards?
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Old 02-03-2004, 04:25 PM
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Very Respectfully?
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Old 02-03-2004, 04:29 PM
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My best guess is that it's the "TO/FROM" initials, on a less formal basis. Does your first name start with V and his with an R, or vice versa?
No... I'm "B.N." and he's "C.B."
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Old 02-03-2004, 05:07 PM
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My experince says "Very Respectfully", as RedNaxela says.
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Old 02-03-2004, 06:13 PM
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...What's the v/r mean? This guy loves to be all 'official' n stuff.
You're a corporal in the Army, and you've never run across this before?

V/R = "Very Respectfully." This salutation is properly used for a junior writing to a senior.

R/ = "Respectfully." This salutation is used for a senior writing to a junior.

For formal writing, you should write out the salutation. The "V/R" and the "R/" are used for more informal writing, such as e-mail and handwritten notes.

R/
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Old 02-03-2004, 06:59 PM
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Interesting, though, that the email the OP received was from a senior rank.

But I get emails all the time from generals that include the same "v/r." So I htink it's just a common courtesy in closing.
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Old 02-03-2004, 09:16 PM
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You're a corporal in the Army, and you've never run across this before?

V/R = "Very Respectfully." This salutation is properly used for a junior writing to a senior.

R/ = "Respectfully." This salutation is used for a senior writing to a junior.

For formal writing, you should write out the salutation. The "V/R" and the "R/" are used for more informal writing, such as e-mail and handwritten notes.

R/
robby (LCDR USNR)
Wow... then our little exchange was all messed up considering he (a MSG) closed with V/R and I closed my reply to his email with "Respectfully" - as I always do.
So he should have closed with just an R/ and I should have closed with the V/R. I will keep that in mind. For now on my emails will close with "Very Respectfully" or "V/R".

Funny thats never come up. But not too suprising sense all my emails from superiors are usually VERY informal. Like "whats up! this is what you need for next week... bla bla bla"
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