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My fiance left May 7th for boot camp. I received his box of things within 4 days after him leaving. But his form letter...... still hasn't come yet. I am getting so discouraged and bummed by saying everyday, "well maybe it will come tomorrow." And with that said, I hope it does come tomorrow. The whole no communication is really taking a toll on me. I just want the form letter so I can send all my letters. Phewww! The end. 

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Feel better? Hope so.

Yes it will be there soon. It can be about 10 days to 2 weeks. Remember this is the USPS we are talking about here. That combined with the Military.

Need I say more?...hahaha

Still nothing again. This sucks.

You might be able to get his address from his recruiter.

Here is what the form letter looks like.

Well more days have gone by and I still don't have the form letter. I don't know what the problem could be and it is really leaving me depressed. I'm reading how people who had recruits leave a whole week after mine who have gottne the form letter already! I don't know what to do?????

Learn to calm down. This will be one of many, many times when you won't hear from him for an extended period of time. As long as you don't hear any bad news, it's all good - as frustrating as it might be.  There is no rhythm or reason to why you haven't gotten the form letter. Just the luck of the draw. Many before you have had to wait - some longer than this. Stop over thinking things. Go about your life - school, house cleaning, talking w family and checking the mail box. You'll have a good life w your man.  When you do talk to him - do not complain about the wait - don't make him worry about things that are really "normal" in military life.

Good luck.

BTW, you are doing fine. Just hang in there.

The Navy recruiter was on our doorstep at 6 am the morning after high school graduation to pick up our son over 15 years ago. We never got a letter. :-) Communication with those who wait is definitely an area that could use some work.

I left on March 7th or boot camp and we got to write our form letters about a week and a half later (My division gained 12 extra people after one week of us being on hold, so our 'P-week' didn't start until we had already been there for a week). They sit you down in a room, give you a packet and the letter and tell you not to touch it. Then you get 2 minutes to write after you fill out names, your division and ship, etc. There is so much to say, and they make you stop writing, even if you are in the middle of a sentence. For us, not the following Sunday, but the one after, we were allowed to write home finally, and every Sunday after. Then, at some point, they start allowing you to write for about half an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well. You are not allowed to write at any other time. RDCs DO come into the compartment at night, at usually random times, and you will get into trouble if you are *caught* writing.

Whenever you get to read this.........  Thank you for letting us know how little time you have to do "personal" things like writing a letter. I know it will help anxious loved ones at home.  Thank you for being in the service. Good luck.

ragdoll...thanks so much for sharing your boot camp experience. I hope that you'll stick around and help out on the board...esp the Boot Camp Moms, the DEPer groups and the PIR groups...we would love to have your input. And, thank you for your service to ouir country!

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