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.
Two recruits can arrived on the same day and have two different graduation dates. One might be placed into a division that began filling up the previous week and is about to do their baseline PFA, while the other recruit is placed into a division that is just starting to fill up and they most likely will not be taking the baseline PFA until the following day.
HERE'S ANOTHER IMPORTANT FACTOR TO KEEP IN MIND: The division as a whole sends out the form letter on the same day, which is the 1-1 Day of Training. Thus, which is why some of you seem to wait longer than others to receive yours.
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.
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.
Kelly, hold off an sending any more letters. The address may or may not be correct.
Check your My Page.
Thanks for the info. I'm glad I joined this group. You all have been very helpful and a lot of info has been sent my way.. God bless you all and God Bless America.
We have not yet received the form letter, or any other letter, either. Our SR arrived in GL on July 26, a Thursday. So we estimate that he had his first 1.5 mile run sometime before Friday, August 3. I don’t think he would have failed it, as he has always been a runner, and was running it well within the time limit before he left. So, we are getting concerned that he has been there sixteen days now, with nothing other than the “I’m here” call. Lots of letters waiting to be mailed to him, but no address....
Hi ladies, remember 9 to 14. Business days and you may still be between those days . positive thoughts. If he failed first they retest within 48 hrs. All will be fine, No News is Good News.
Terry, he may have had the first attempt at the run on the 3rd IF the division that he was tentatively placed in upon arrival filled the day he arrived or the day after. It is possible that it did not fill until the Monday or Tuesday of the following week. If that is the case, then he may not have had the first attempt until the 8th with a retake on the 10th if he failed. Since you have not received a call saying that he is being sent home, then all is fine and The Form Letter should be coming soon. See Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training ... for more information.
The Form Letter now arrives 9 to 14 business days after the recruit's arrival at the RTC. Yesterday was business day 11, so you are still within that window.
Thanks for the reassurance. Makes me worry less. I will just keep waiting by the mailbox.