In the past, the official form letter the recruits mail home containing their address and graduation information typically would arrive within about two weeks of them arriving as this letter was mailed out on their second day of boot camp.
The letter now takes a bit longer to receive and to better understand why others with recruits who arrived the same time as yours may receive their letters quicker than you do, you need to understand the new process.
The recruits are tested on their initial 1.5-mile run on their division's fifth BUSINESS day in boot camp. That means Monday through Friday as weekends do not count as training days. So, if your recruit arrives say, on a Wednesday or Thursday, they are not going to test until the following week.
If they pass their run then yay! Letter is mailed out the following day.
If they fail their run then boo! They are automatically set back in training to a newly arrived division, but still must pass a second attempt within a couple of days. If they pass, yay! Then their letter gets sent.
If they fail this second attempt, then a huge boo! as they will be getting separated/discharged and instead of a letter, you’ll be receiving the dreaded phone call from them stating they are coming home because they cannot meet the physical fitness standards.
Thus, those who pass the initial run on their first attempt will be the first to mail home the form letter. Those who pass the second attempt will have their letters sent up to a week after that.
The reason being is that if the letter was sent home as soon they arrived to boot camp stating they are in such-and-such division, and then fail and get set back a week, they now have a new division and you would be receiving the letter with the original old division. Plus, why send the letter when they don’t even know yet if they will be able to continue with training when they haven’t even completed their initial run test which determines whether they do.
Please note the recruits hand-address the form letter themselves so they choose as to whom will be receiving it and they only get to send one. If you are not the recipient of this letter, you will either need to request it from whomever does receive it or wait until your recruit writes you a regular letter. You cannot call RTC for this information as they are not at liberty to release this information regardless of your relation to your recruit, due to privacy laws.
Another important factor is to NOT get the division from your recruiter the split second your recruit arrives as your recruiter is only giving you the division number the recruits were assigned upon arrival. Is your recruiter going to monitor your specific recruit’s progress through that first week to see whether or not the division number has changed and then inform you? Thus, not only are you sending out letters to a wrong address, you’re also sending letters to a division that hasn’t even been transferred to their permanent ship as they spend the first week in a different ship for in-processing days.
Any mail sent to an incorrect address then sits in the RTC mailroom until the couple of staff members must sift through the misaddressed letters and look up the correct address in the computer. This will easily delay your letters and one of the main reasons why loved ones complain their recruits aren’t receiving any mail. No one is purposely withholding mail at RTC. Ever.
Even when the divisions get to their permanent ships, a recruit mail petty officer must first be trained on how to retrieve, sort and distribute the mail to their division. Recruits receive mail Monday through Friday.
If you think calling or e-mailing RTC to inquire whether or not your recruit is receiving mail and request they look for your letters, please don’t. No one at RTC is going to be humanly able to figure out where *your* specific letters are among the 10,000+ pieces of mail they receive almost daily and ensure it gets handed to your recruit. Please be realistic.
Hope this information helps to give a better understanding of why some must wait longer than others for the form letter. If you have questions, I can help answer.
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This article is very helpful. Getting this information clarifies everything while we wait. Thanks!
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no letter from my recruit who arrived on the 2nd. Hoping it comes sometime this week :)
cm1999 usually the form letter will be sent after the box usually 10 to 14 days after, but again the 5th day of arriving the do the run and if he missed it by seconds he will be retested in 48 hours so that also will depend on when form letter will be received.
See Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training ... for more information.
If you have any questions please reach out, Right now No News Is good News. as of Now he should of had his 1st initial run, but then it depends if he had to wait for his Div. to fill up. sometimes they have to wait for the next group or be placed in the group prior. so their are many things that can come up.
Me too. My son arrived may 1st. Passed his pft. Still no graduation letter.
Designgirl113, I put some info on your My Page that will help you.
Laura, The Form Letter should be coming soon. It now takes ten to fourteen business days to arrive and Thursday is business day 14 due to the holiday today. I sent a PM with some info that may help you.