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Ditto Mojo. Just retired from the Air Force last week and already working in a new civilian job. I looked it up for the same reason.

Steve (USAF, MSgt Ret.)

BTW, is the BX/PX near the SQ HQ or should I ask the SF guy at the front gate to give me a 20? LOL
Why did you use "her," here? An interesting moment of gendered language.
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Hmmmm.... that's strange, I thought it to be quite similar to a common abbreviation of formal valediction used in old english... I believe the yanks call it a complimentary close.

Nonetheless, it's become increasingly common in business usage esp in legal correspondence. The VR is simply an informal usage of abbreviated valediction, which would lead one to perceive there is a shared and common respect between correspondents.

You state: "it is not really respectful to abbreviate like this, so it is a poor practice to imitate".... please feel free to provide evidence that would support this being not "really" respectful or of poor practice to imitate in the english language?

Also even if the original correspondent received the letter with RS then reciprocation in kind would be expected if not just considered kindness correct?

Furthermore.... found after a quick search of google:

Within the United States military services, two complimentary closings are often used incorrectly. Respectfully is often used by a senior addressing a service member of lower rank. Very Respectfully or Respectfully Submitted are used by a junior addressing a service member of higher rank. The closing Very Respectfully may be abbreviated "V/R" in brief emails and short notes (or, similarly, "R/S" for Respectfully Submitted), but these closings are always written out in formal correspondence.[7] In Army Regulation 25-50 Preparing and Managing Correspondence and Department of the Navy Correspondence Manual SECNAV Manual M-5216.5 March 2010, 'Respectfully' is reserved for a complimentary close when corresponding with the President or a former President. In both regulations, 'Sincerely,' is reserved for correspondence with senior officers and congressional members.

In English all the above closings should capitalise the first word and end in a comma, e.g. "Yours sincerely,".

R/S and Cheers to you all!



Regards, kind regards, best regards
Increasingly common in business usage, "Regards," "Kind regards" and especially "Best regards" are often used as a semi-formal valediction in emails. In informal usage, "Best regards" and "Kind regards" are often abbreviated to "BR" or "KR". The use of "Kind regards" is most likely derived from the more formal, "Kindest regards," which is itself a phrase derived from the even more formal combination of "Kindest regards, I remain," "yours" or "truly yours" or any one of a number of valedictions in common usage. A less common variation is "Warm regards" which is often used to purposely avoid the aforementioned more common valedictions

I suggest that one aspect of respect is only to use abbreviations that you can expect the recipient to be familiar with.

It is very improper to use in civilian world......first , I had to spend time looking it up and I am very insulted by the military using military "stuff"........not professional at all....shows me no respect at all. I was married to someone in the service and I find expecting civilians to follow military protocal very insulting.
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Respect goes both ways... I've received it from superiors, but have to admit that I refrain from using it for subordinats in as much as I NEVER say 'please', 'can', or 'would' in my emails to subordinates... Also, I don't use Emotion: wink
You (Clive) are actually not very respectful. Some of your comments have been unnecessarily condescending and rude. If you didn't want to know the answer from multiple perspectives, you should have research it on your own and not placed your question in a discussion board.
Are you sure you mean me? I didn't post the question.,and I have offered very few comments.

In addition, I've reviewed my comments and can't find anything that seems to me 'unnecessarily condescending and rude'.
Please tell me in more detail what you object to, so that I can understand how I have irritated you.

Thank you,
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Really...you AF guys refused to carrying "her", a captain's bags? Was it the same youthful disrespect in your past as those now not using salutations? OR,
this written medium being the same as email, perhaps I just do not understand what you meant. In that case, forgive me!
V/R CPO (retired)
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