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Writing to the CO

#1
No, this is not a wahh but...

Writing to the CO, is there a certain unspoken decorum when writing letters to the boss? Maybe I'll get MLARRed off of this site, but it's a serious concern. :?
 
#2
I am sure that things are different now, but military letters always used to follow a format along the lines of:-

Sir, I am 12345678 Pte Tango34,

bla, bla, bla

Sir, I remain your Obedient Servent,





12345678 Pte Tango34
1 Civ Div
UK

Make sure you spell check it! I once didn't and got the best part of 20 extra's :)
 
#3
I suggest you find a copy of the old JSP 101, and write a formal letter (Sir, I have the honour to refer to.... I have the honour to remain, Sir, Your obedient Servant... etc)

In theory, the new JSP 101 seems to have done away with formal letters, but I still think it would be safer to write a formal one.

Mind you, depends what you're writing about...
 
#5
If it is a formal letter, get your PSAO to check it before you send it.

If not, don't worry about the layout etc. But dnt wrt n txt spk m8 ;)

msr
 
#6
I was told to just make it look like any other letter. Ur addresse top right, date below it, then below that on the left the CO's address....

[align=right]Pte Random McRandom
123 Big road
Town
County
Post Code

Date[/align]
The Commanding Officer
Unit title
Road address
Town
County/ city
post code

Dear Sir,

Bla Bla Bla


I remain sir/ma'ma
Your obediant servant




Pte R McRandom
25123456
Sqdn/ coy etc

Hope this helps!

T C
 
#8
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant



Thats what I have always used, the last one I wrote to my CO just had his address in the left, date on the right and started with:

Sir,
REQUEST FOR PERMISSION BLAH BLAH................

1.I have the honour to request........
 
#9
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant



Thats what I have always used, the last one I wrote to my CO just had his address in the left, date on the right and started with:

Sir,
REQUEST FOR PERMISSION BLAH BLAH................

1.I have the honour to request........
 
#10
[align=right]Pte Your Name
Address line 1
Address line 2
Post Code
Tel number
[/align]

Dear Lt Col Surname, (don't use 'Dear Sir')

Letter Topic

Text


I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant.



Pte Your Name
 
#11
Ignore this lot. CO's get loads of official post and have difficulty clasifying which is important and which bits aren't. To help them out, just get a scrap of paper and write the following:

Boss,

A quick note to let you know that I still haven't got my bounty/telic medal/promotion/compensation for your dog humping mine and giving it the doggy clap (Delete as appropriate).

Sort it out or I'll take a dump on your desk/chest/sh1tty dog (Delete as appropriate).

Cheers,

<Insert Nickname>

P.S. If you can't figure out who I am, by my nickname, then you're not in tune with your lads.
 
#13
I have been asked to 'pen a letter' to my OC regarding a request for a transfer. Does the same structure apply re: 'I remain your honourable servant' etc.? The CSM seemed to suggest a scribble on a bit of paper would suffice.

PTSN
 
#16
amazing__lobster said:
Don't bother writting him a letter - just walk into his office and tell him. Or even better, pop round to his house and tell him.

I'm sure he won't mind.
just in case take a crate around and a mate, you might as well make a party of it.
 
#18
^Aren't PMCs' supposed to write to OCs' and COs' after a function which they were invited to? That blows that system out the water does it not?
 

Legs

ADC
Book Reviewer
#20
devilish said:
^Aren't PMCs' supposed to write to OCs' and COs' after a function which they were invited to? That blows that system out the water does it not?
See, this CoC is a funny business. The PMC is IC the Mess Committee, therefore he is the top of the Mess Committee CoC. That means the next stop up is the CO.

Also, in some cases it IS reasonable and expected to write to the CO, even if you are the most junior Pte in the unit. Think of things like asking permission to marry. Yes, get your CoC to check the letter, but by rights your letter is addressed to the CO.
 

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