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As you have read from different posts, VR stands for 'very respectfully. However, there is more to it than that. Depending who you are communicating with, this closing takes different forms. You can say ' R/', you can say v/r--lower case or any other combination depending on the pay grade or supervisory, peer or subordinate level of the person you are addressing. Protocol matters when you are communicating in different circumstances.

Rick (30 years military and 10 years anti-terrorism).
THAT is ridiculous. Capitalizing either of those is unnecessarily redundant. It's implying VERY very respectfully or something ridiculous like that. I am enlisted and I have never been dressed down my an higher ranking enlisted or officer. It's a signature block that is standard in everyone's email; plain and simple.
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Typically it refers to a higher ranking individual in military terms when sending emails. Since email is more informal than a memo, the email closes with v/r which stands for "very respectfully."



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Sgt. Smith
You're right, in the Air Force I've never seen anyone dressed down for the way they closed correspondence, respect is more common in the Air Force, up and down the chain and Officers normally respect the people who work within their ranks, at leat they tr eat them respectfully. However I have recently witnessed a self righteous Army LTC dress down a Civilian for using Respectfully rather than Very Respectfully in a letter to him. Most childish thing I have ever witnessed. He had a burning need to point out his position and stress that he was higher and better than the other individual, seems like a very insecure individual and very unbecoming of a Commanding Officer. Never seen anything like it in 32 years in DOD.
..or him.
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That is so disrespectful.
Barbara (below) is correct.
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We all have the understanding that the term means 'Very Respectfully' but the consensus here is that you shouldn't use the abbreviation in the civilian world because people won't get it or that abbreviating it is a sign of disrespect. The abbreviation is for follow up. You wouldn't put the abbreviation in the initial contact, for the first email in a dialogue, you would write out:

Very Respectfully,

BUT, in follow-up emails, AFTER you have written it out once, it is the right time to use the abbreviation. It means the same thing and in fact, IS a sign of respect and expectation that the person you are sending the email to will have the mental wherewithal to pick up that it's an abbreviation to the original email closing. It is common practice in the navy where respect is expected and it's treated as the "best" way to close out longer email chains. The follow up email closing looks like:


I hope civilians adopt this. It's classy and has an almost tangible, real meaning... unlike 'regards' or 'best wishes'... What regards? Do you actually wish me the best? Doubt it.
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