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This is a matter of opinion. The question was a "I need help question" and if this is in a military context, as this is most likely the closing to a military response, your opinion does not add any value to the requester's understanding. V/R is very common, and I've never encountered a high-ranking official that has a problem with this (consideration inclusive of CCs of high-ranking officials corresponding with higher-ranking officials). "...poor practice to imitate" is really only applicable to correspondence outside of the military, and even this can be debated. I'm of the opinion that it makes no difference. V/R is just as respectful as Very Respectfully, and vice versa.

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The opinions of proper usage of V/R do not add to the answering of the question except where it can help to provide an explanation as to the meaning. For example, if English was your second language you might not understand that it is improper to close an email with STFU or LMAO. Someone took the time to write that they felt it was inappropriate. We disagree. It is up to the individual who requested the information to make up their own mind as to appropriate usage.

Having said that, if V/R is disrespectful, then is writing 'perk' in lieu of perquisite or writing 'radar' instead of radio detection and ranging? Must I write out et cetera instead of etc?

Courtesy costs you nothing.

It is completely appropriate to render customs and courtesies to those who are your senior in age, office or experience. If you are not sure whether you should provide a formal denouement of this type to the addressee, then I suggest that you use one anyway. (For example, if I couldn't tell if someone in the foreign fatigues walking towards me outranked me, I would always salute. When it doubt, whip it out.)

Now in the civilian world, I always close my informal and formal communication with:

Nick name

Very Respectfully,
First Last Name
Contact Information

Very Respectfully is written out for those who may not have served or does not otherwise understand the abbreviation.

I would also like to add that two of my employees who are not veterans utilize V/R in closing their communication and it I appreciate their efforts.

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BarbaraPA I would use it ONLY if you are still in the service and not use it in civilian life. If you are still in the service, then find the best administrative assistant you can, and ask her.
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It stands for "very respectfully" as the other gentleman noted. The only place I've ever seen it commonly used is in military correspondence here in the U.S.

It's standard for us to close a professional email with V/R. Other than that I've never really seen it.
I'm wanted to know about v/r because retired Colonel I know signs off with v/r on all his emails.
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Mister MicawberIt means 'very respectfully', but it is not really respectful to abbreviate like this, so it is a poor practice to imitate.
Well, having only ever seen it in the military and as widely as the Navy uses it I respectfully disagree.

I don't really understand the reasoning for how an abbreviation is disrespectful, especially since every formal letter I've seen starts off with "Mr./Ms./Mrs/etc.." not "Mister/Miss/Misses/etc."

Also, in the military communications are often necessarily quite brief so it's a quick way of communicating the same sentiments as "Sincerely,...."
I agree. It pretty much defeats the purpose. Moreover, if your recipient hasn't seen the abbreviation before and has to look it up to, it's being decidedly *dis*respectful of their time.
I agree with the use of V/r and use it often in my role as Chief Medical Officer at a large teaching hospital.
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I don't....................I sign mine Dr.
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