One of the most frequently asked questions by our readers on our facebook and twitter pages, is how to write letters to soldiers in basic training. This is a very good question, and an important one to ask. So let’s being:
Soldiers in Basic Combat Training will have mail call every day that the US Postal Service delivers mail. We encourage you to send uplifting cards and letters to Soldiers in training.
Patiently wait for a message
The first thing you should know is that once someone leaves for basic training, they do not actually begin training until about a week or two later. This is because they first go to what’s call Basic Training Reception. Here they will get in-processed and sent to their BCT unit. During this time, some soldiers get a chance to call, and even write their families a letter. However, since they are not yet in their basic training unit, they cannot give you a return address. Usually, you should give it about a month after they leave for BCT to begin expecting a letter. After that, letters should be received more frequently.
You’ve received basic training letters in the mail!
Once you receive your first basic training letter, you should now have your soldier’s unit address. It will look something like this:
The RED text is what MUST BE INCLUDED in order for it to arrive to your soldier. However, including all of the elements of the address (including the black) will ensure the fastest delivery to your soldier.
How to write a letter to your soldier
Now, to reply, you simply write back to them at that exact address given. There’s nothing fancy to it, it’s just a simple letter!
What can I not send to my soldier?
Soldiers are not allowed to receive any packages containing food, candy, pornographic material or any other contraband. Near the end of basic training, drill sergeants may be more inclined to allow soldiers to receive food, but you should wait until you receive confirmation on this from your soldier.