Getting posted - whats the wording...

#1
... of the letter to the CO of my new posting?

I have the honour to...?

And what does the rest of the letter contain. This isn't in JSP 101.
 

cpunk

LE
Moderator
#2
Sir,

Reporting for Duty

1. I have the honour to report that I have been posted to join the 1st Battalion, the Amalgamees (Blankshire and Loamshire). I will be reporting for duty on 25th December 2005.

2. I am a fücking top bloke and all the lads think I'm great, and any female officers around better watch out, because I'm hung like a rhinocerous and I'm not afraid to use it.

I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,

M Jackson
 
#4
Servant should have a capital 'S'.
 
#6
C Punk wrote:

I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,
Actually:

I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant

Mind you the new JSP 101 has got rid of the differentiation between routine and DO letters in the interest of jointery (and because the Crabs couldn't cope with more than 1 type) so not sure if the formal letter exists any more. I may be bored (and boring!) but not so much that I can be bothered to open up e-DW to check...
 

cpunk

LE
Moderator
#7
CaptainPlume said:
C Punk wrote:

I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,
Actually:

I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant

Mind you the new JSP 101 has got rid of the differentiation between routine and DO letters in the interest of jointery (and because the Crabs couldn't cope with more than 1 type) so not sure if the formal letter exists any more. I may be bored (and boring!) but not so much that I can be bothered to open up e-DW to check...
What a great site! Laughter, tears, gossip... and now red ink corrections :lol:

Actually, low average for both Queensman and Plume for failing to spot that I'd also misspelled 'rhinoceros'.
 
#8
cpunk said:
CaptainPlume said:
C Punk wrote:

I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,
Actually:

I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant

Mind you the new JSP 101 has got rid of the differentiation between routine and DO letters in the interest of jointery (and because the Crabs couldn't cope with more than 1 type) so not sure if the formal letter exists any more. I may be bored (and boring!) but not so much that I can be bothered to open up e-DW to check...
What a great site! Laughter, tears, gossip... and now red ink corrections :lol:

Actually, low average for both Queensman and Plume for failing to spot that I'd also misspelled 'rhinoceros'.
Well done that man Plume!

If my memory serves me correctly, something in the manner of Mr Ploppy's small nagging doubt makes me think that one shouldn't have a comma after the 'Sir' in the salutation.
 
#9
Unfortunately, the SD Nazi in me says there is a comma after "Sir" in the valediction and the salutation.

Having clubbed the SD Nazi to death I am of the firm opinion that as long as it gets the message across, I only care that it's spelled correctly and grammatically sound.

(edit - some b*stard is now going to tell me it's "spelt".....)
 
#10
...and I always like to receive a simple DO letter accompanying the more formal letter. This DO can be much more informative and if one knows the recipient it can be witty as well. Sending both shows that one is not only an officer but also a gentleman.

Crusty
Colonel
 
#11
Sir,

Reporting for Duty

1. I have the ball-ache to inform you that I have received orders to join that shower of sh1t you haphazardly call a "Battallion", namely the 1st Foot and Mouth (Shovellers of Sh1t). I shall announce my presence in the bar when I can be bothered to show up.

2. I'm a top bloke, but even I have my limits. Expecting me to turn around years of instituional mis-management under your glorious leadership when I can barely motivate myself to scratch my arrse is going to be a tall order. I may just opt to shag your daughter instead.

3. Some cnut in Glasgow clearly has a warped sense of humour!

I remain Sir,

Your indifferent servant,

Woopert

:lol:
 
#12
Ginger_Magician said:
Unfortunately, the SD Nazi in me says there is a comma after "Sir" in the valediction and the salutation.

Having clubbed the SD Nazi to death I am of the firm opinion that as long as it gets the message across, I only care that it's spelled correctly and grammatically sound.

(edit - some b*stard is now going to tell me it's "spelt".....)
Actually SD went out some years ago it is now DW - so you should have said ...the DW Nazi...

Signed

Von Ribbontrop

Actually I think emails will be the undoing of much nugatory DW work allowing us, quite rightly, to concentrate on the message. The only area where I think there should be tight controls is in the use of abbreviations, they are breeding so rapidly I can't keep up.

I was reading some stuff the other day that kept on mentioning ERV; that took me back, but I couldn't work out what an Emergency Rendevous had to do with the subject until someone pointed out that it meant 'Euphrates River Valley'. Whatever happened to spelling it out in full the first time you use it?
 
#13
Forgive me for barging into your Mess gents, but should Reporting for duty not all be in upper case ? If not I'll take myself back to the WOs' & Sgts' Mess where I belong :roll:
 
#14
Mighty_Blighty said:
Forgive me for barging into your Mess gents, but should Reporting for duty not all be in upper case ? If not I'll take myself back to the WOs' & Sgts' Mess where I belong :roll:
Just had a flick through my Sandhurst blue and I believe you are right, top bombing. Just writing mine now. Like the idea of the DO letter to accompany the formal one - shall give it a go... :?
 
#15
...and I always like to receive a simple DO letter accompanying the more formal letter. This DO can be much more informative and if one knows the recipient it can be witty as well. Sending both shows that one is not only an officer but also a gentleman.

Crusty
Colonel
Well, that's novel (he said doffing his cap), a perspective from the 'other side'. :)

While we're on the subject, can anyone spell 'supercallafradgilisticexpiallidocious' correctly? I am having a 'discussion' at work, and this seems the ideal place, being filled full of SD Nazi Nutcases...... :wink:
 
#18
Cowhead said:
Sorry, one more on this.

Do I handwrite the date and the "Colonel" part or is it all typed?

Cheers!
Now this is a thorny one in itself - the use of the expression "Colonel" to describe a lieutenant colonel commanding a battalion/regiment should surely only be a verbal use by his own officers and those attached to any taskorg he heads up? I believe that letters, DO or formal (sorry to hear DO no longer with us, missed the wake oops), should be addressed to "Dear Lieutenant Colonel Stokerat*". Handwritten conventionally but not obligatorily I believe; but then I also believe that Christmas is coming, the cheque is in the post and my birthday blow-job has been delayed for what my wife described as administrative reasons.


* - Please note that the CO of the Loamshires is always Lt Col Harry Stokerat.
 
#19
It always warms my heart (it's not just the sherry you know) to be relieved to see that the typing pool (whom we all know used to run the Regiment anyway) is still having an effect after their untimely demise and the advent of the PC technology that has given us the ability to electronically write Arrse.

The "should I type it in or not?" question is reminiscent of a time when work would go to the "pool" and return, mysteriously, at some point in time later. Wherby the drafting chap would handwrite the date in ensuring it was an accurate reflection of the actual moment it was signed orf.

So what? well sir - type it in. handwriting it is v old hat, and only befitting of sherry drinkers and Times rustlers. I await a torrent of rustling and spluttering of finest Crofts across the thread.
 
#20
Percy said:
Actually I think emails will be the undoing of much nugatory DW work allowing us, quite rightly, to concentrate on the message. The only area where I think there should be tight controls is in the use of abbreviations, they are breeding so rapidly I can't keep up.

Whatever happened to spelling it out in full the first time you use it?
Go on then, Perce, What the fcuk is DW?
 

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