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#1
when writing a letter to a regimental secratary, I am led to beleive that the correct method of signing off is:

Sir, I have the honour to be your obediant servant,

Joe Bloggs

second point is, although when addressing the letter one obviously uses lieutenant Colonel, when writing the salutation should one address in the generic rather than specific, ie: Dear Colonel Smith?
 
#2
If using the formal ending you suggest, then the correct opening would be

Sir


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There is an electronic version of the conventions on armynet-or crib one from the Company Clerk's file
 

cpunk

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#4
It depends on the type of letter you are writing and whether you know the individual or not. In a formal letter, you would address the recipient as 'Sir' (or Madam) and sign off that '...you have the honour to be...' etc etc; whereas in a DO letter you would address by rank and name, and sign off 'Yours sincerely'; and in an informal letter, 'Dear Colonel Bob' or whatever your regimental convention might be.
 

BuggerAll

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#5
I was under the impression that the current version of DW had done away with DO's and formals and that everything is now routine -any comments...
 
#6
Selfpreservationsociety said:
when writing a letter to a regimental secratary, I am led to beleive that the correct method of signing off is:

Sir, I have the honour to be your obediant servant,

Joe Bloggs

second point is, although when addressing the letter one obviously uses lieutenant Colonel, when writing the salutation should one address in the generic rather than specific, ie: Dear Colonel Smith?
Spoll chocking it wouldn't go amiss either. ;)
 
#7
Selfpreservationsociety said:
when writing a letter to a regimental secratary, I am led to beleive that the correct method of signing off is:

Sir, I have the honour to be your obediant servant,

Joe Bloggs

second point is, although when addressing the letter one obviously uses lieutenant Colonel, when writing the salutation should one address in the generic rather than specific, ie: Dear Colonel Smith?
If I may…

A letter beginning with "(Dear) Sir" necessitates the ending “Yours faithfully” or, if you have not met the recipient but hope to do so, you can correctly write “Yours very truly.”

If you prefer to start with a more familiar “Dear Colonel”, which is the proper way of addressing a Lieutenant Colonel in writing, you should end your letter with a “Yours sincerely” or “Yours very sincerely”.
 

cpunk

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#10
Ambrose_Silk said:
Selfpreservationsociety said:
when writing a letter to a regimental secratary, I am led to beleive that the correct method of signing off is:

Sir, I have the honour to be your obediant servant,

Joe Bloggs

second point is, although when addressing the letter one obviously uses lieutenant Colonel, when writing the salutation should one address in the generic rather than specific, ie: Dear Colonel Smith?
If I may…

A letter beginning with "(Dear) Sir" necessitates the ending “Yours faithfully” or, if you have not met the recipient but hope to do so, you can correctly write “Yours very truly.”

If you prefer to start with a more familiar “Dear Colonel”, which is the proper way of addressing a Lieutenant Colonel in writing, you should end your letter with a “Yours sincerely” or “Yours very sincerely”.
Er, not according to service writing conventions. It may well be that Formal and DO letters are no longer a 'formal' part of Defence Writing but many older officers will still expect to receive them in certain circumstances.
 
#11
www.da.mod.uk/edw - defense writing online

:D

and I think it is:

I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obediant servant,

bloggs

rather than the above wording/layout

but I couldn't be sure about what is correct without looking at the edw - but I'll let you do that!

HJ
 
#14
I once received a letter from a Lt Col,when I was a junior Captain,where he finished '' I am,Sir,Your obedient Servant....''.I've still got it somewhere!
 
#15
I wouldn't write 'Joe Bloggs', he'll never believe you.

In the old days when you called all gentlemen, whether senior or junior to you, 'sir' if you didn't know them, then you would use 'I have the honour to be etc' irrespective of rank. Therefore if you were a Officer cadet being written to by your Bde Comd he would end it that way. Gone out of fashion though.
 
#16
muhandis89 said:
I once received a letter from a Lt Col,when I was a junior Captain,where he finished '' I am,Sir,Your obedient Servant....''.I've still got it somewhere!
I believe that would be perfectly correct for, as an example, a desk officer in Glasgow! In that type of job, he is working for you. Either that, or he wanted your body!

:lol:

Litotes
 
#17
It's a bit too formal IMO, 'Dear Sir / Dear Lt. Col xxxxx' finishing with 'yours faithfully / yours sincerely' should do nicely...

Personally I prefer to finish with 'regards'....bugger the convention. The person you are writing to is...a person, if I was to recieve a letter with 'your obedient servant' plastered on it someplace I would brand the writer an immediate pr@t. As long as you are polite and say what is needed to be conveyed in at least a semi-formal manner I think it should go down well enough.

Shoot me down if I'm wrong.

Brocky
 
#18
cpunk said:
It may well be that Formal and DO letters are no longer a 'formal' part of Defence Writing but many older officers will still expect to receive them in certain circumstances.
Many older officers will still expect a cup of tea brought to them by a soldier in the morning, their kit done and a posting to Bangalore. Should we humour them in that too?? :roll:
 
#19
I once dictated a letter to my, admittedly new, secretary. After rattling off the body of the letter, I finished with "blah, blah" assuming she would be familiar with the correct protocols. Twenty minutes later, she presented me with the freshly typed missive for signature, she had actually typed the phrase "blah, blah" 8O

Laugh?.....................well I did, she cried, I fired her.

Incidentally, I favour "I remain Sir, your obedient Servant"
 

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