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Comment by JessicaB-Sailor Mom on April 6, 2011 at 5:04am
Here's how your address should be written
SR, Last Name, First Name, Middle initial
Ship ##, Divison ###
Recruit Training Command
#### Something Drive or Avenue
Great Lakes ILL 60088-####
SR= Seaman Recruit
You may get a ship name, that's not needed in the address, but you can use it if you want (my son was on the USS Enterprise...he thought that was cool!) If you use the ship name in the address I think it goes on the 3rd line, under ship/div.
Comment by JessicaB-Sailor Mom on May 27, 2011 at 5:59am
Ya'll as far as writing letters WRITE EVERY DAY...they do not care what you write as long as it's from HOME. One N4M sent her grocery list and her son loved it.
Send info from friends and family, gossip, world news, sports news, keep them up on their favorite sports teams, tv shows. Tell them the funny things your pets or other children or YOU are doing. Try not to be sad or tearful...do let them know you love and miss them but follow that with...I'm proud of you and looking forward to seeing you march through those doors at PIR.
Send them funny jokes and photos....http://www.jokesgallery.com is good...some of them are a little dirty. I sent them to my son and he shared and his division LOVED them.
Cards are fine...try to stay away from colored envelopes. NO musical cards, no glitter, perfume, stickers, NO CARE PACKAGES.
Another thing about letters do not use red ink...they tend to read letters in bed (not suppose to) and at night there is a softly glowing red "night light" that makes it VERY hard to read red ink. The red light is used on ships when they go to "darken ship" as red can't be seen across the ocean like white can. That is why there is a the red light on at night...
Recruits receive mail every day (except Sundays and holidays, just like the rest of us). They begin getting mail as soon as their Mail Petty Officer (the recruit assigned to collect and distribute mail), is trained. Because the mail is controlled by federal law, the MPO must complete a federal training course before s/he can handle the mail. Sometimes this takes a couple of weeks, but not usually more than three.
The following is provided by lemonelephant, the mom of a Sailor.
Recruits can start writing letters the first Sunday they are in their Ship. This is sometimes the first Sunday after they arrive, but is often not until the second Sunday, which is why that first real letter often does not arrive until your Recruit has been gone nearly 3 weeks. At first Recruits are only permitted to write on Sunday and later they are able to write on Tuesday and Thursday and some Divisions may earn the privilege of writing every day if they are doing really well. Some RDCs permit them to mail letters only on Sunday even when they can write on other days and others permit them to mail letters on the day they are written. It is up to the RDC and there does not seem to be a "norm" for this.
If you choose to send postcards to your Recruit, know that they WILL be read aloud by the RDC. If you use a nickname for your Recruit in the postcard, that will be your Recruit's nickname for the remainder of BC. Some RDC's permit newspaper and magazine clippings and others do not and the Recruit or the Division could receive IT (Intensive Training--extra exercises) for having them.
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