Cards are fine, and the envelopes do not need to be white. You can send a page of FB messages, although I think a personal note would be nicer. Letters are easier to store though, they have very little space for extras.
Recruits always find a way to make fun of each other, the ones who do over cards are likely jealous or jerks who don't get mail. It is distressingly like high school in that way.
Just wondering as well...I read somewhere to send a zip lock baggie for them to keep their received letters in so that come inspection time they were not everywhere. Can someone tell me if that is allowed and if anyone has done that? I am ready to mail a letter with a baggie (med size fits in a reg envelope). I hope that I won't get him in trouble. Thanks
not sure about the baggie...think a large manilla envelope is more in keeping with what is allowable...
Do NOT send the baggie. That will be taken away. Have him mail back some of the letters, or send a large folded up manila envelope.
My husband was able to get a clear velcro bag/thing it almost looks like a dry bag if you know what that is. Maybe that IS what it is now that I think about it.... I'm not sure. But he said he got it with his backpack. He put all of his letters in there.
I also sent address labels so he didn't have to write out our address every time he sent a letter. Saves time.
As far as cards and things. As long as they aren't obnoxious, music cards, they won't make a mess and they aren't offensive or crude. They'll be fine. I even sent funny little valentines (the kind kids give out in school) for my husband to give to his friends on valentines day, and it was fine. He loved them.
think you are good sending what you planned on...and agree that there will be a reason for the grief-no mail, tons of mail, pics, no pics...you get the idea...and things change for every division-pretty sure your SR would let you know if he is getting any extra attention....
The RDCs have better things to do than look at your FB page. The warning is very true here though. What happens is someone posts something in their PIR group or discussion forum, another loved one sees and and says something to their SR in a letter, and BAM! It gets back. What to be concerned about? If your SR is doing something wrong, like writing at night after lights out, someone sees you post how many more letters you get ... and word gets back, the entire division loses a privilege. Has it happened? Maybe yes a few years back, but it is not impossible now. There have been RDCs look over this site, but they are busy people and usually do not bother.
What not to post on FB? NEVER post their addresses openly, just as you would never post your own. You can say what A school they will be attending, or where their orders send them, but avoid specifics such as ship name, and especially ship movements.
Just learn what you can about PERSEC (personal security) and OPSEC (operational security). Lots of crazy, bad folks out there unfortunately. You have to balance being paranoid with being cautious.
I have mailed my son a letter/card every day since he left for BC. (got his address from his recruiter) When he called on Saturday, I asked if anything I had done was not okay, and he said, "mom, relax, you are doing just fine". I have send moleskin and bandaids in some, and a calling card. I print a letter on the computer, and include a family photo on the paper with the letter. He said everything was just fine:)