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Old 06-01-2020, 11:52 PM
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So, my nephew is in boot camp at Fort Sill. Been there since May 18th. Sister gave me a mailing address and I intend to write him a letter.

My question is, when is it best for him to receive that letter? And when should I send it to get it to him by then?

I understand there's point in boot camp where most folks hit a wall they have to punch through. That's when I would like for him to get it. I know everyone is different, but on average, when's the best time? Also, I have no idea how long it takes them to process the mail so I'm really more interested in when I should send it.

Any assistance on the timing would be much appreciated.
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Send him cookies.

Weekly.
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Send him cookies.

Weekly.
As long as you would like to have him set the new record for push ups and being grass drilled thrice daily that is a very good idea.
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It ain't prison, it's the Army. Write him once or twice a week. Even better, contact his friends and relatives and ask that they write him once a week. It'll be a good distraction for him to get several letters every mail call.
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It ain't prison, it's the Army. Write him once or twice a week. Even better, contact his friends and relatives and ask that they write him once a week. It'll be a good distraction for him to get several letters every mail call.
When my cousin went off the navy my uncle ( now deceased ) who was a Sargent in the AF told him he would write. Then he said better yet I’ll send you a copy of “playgirl “ magazine. Of course now days that wouldn’t even be funny 😞
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I once sent my boy (in basic) a post card that only said enjoy the push-ups. They had to do 10 every time they got a letter.
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My brother enlisted at age 30... if he could survive boot camp, anyone can and I never sent him anything. Actually he came within a hair of washing out, they extended his stay because he was not able to do a single pull up....
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To answer your question.
The HUMP for most comes about the halfway point or 5 weeks into training.
As others have said you can mail him anytime but for that special letter plan for the 5th week.
Best of luck to him.
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So, my nephew is in boot camp at Fort Sill. Been there since May 18th. Sister gave me a mailing address and I intend to write him a letter.

My question is, when is it best for him to receive that letter? And when should I send it to get it to him by then?

I understand there's point in boot camp where most folks hit a wall they have to punch through. That's when I would like for him to get it. I know everyone is different, but on average, when's the best time? Also, I have no idea how long it takes them to process the mail so I'm really more interested in when I should send it.

Any assistance on the timing would be much appreciated.
Anytime ... letters from home are always appreciated
Don’t send cookies... he probably wouldn’t be able to eat them if he got them
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Thank you for all the advice. The thought is to wait for the hump so that it's more meaningful and greater impact. Then some more after that. Looks like I'm behind the ball.
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My son went through basic in the summer/fall of 2017. Any time is a good time to get mail, especially care packages. My son wanted good cleaning supplies for his M4 some personal hygiene type stuff. Some times they let them keep the food, depends on what it is & who the drill is. When I was in my sister sent me 2 big birthday cakes in a huge box with popcorn as packing material. I was lucky my drill told us he'd be back in a 1/2 hour & didn't want to see any of that in the barracks. We all ripped into the cake with our bare hands & chowed down & even the stale popcorn got sucked up. If you want to know what kind of stuff my son was allowed, I can send you some links, or PM me.
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I do not remember the U S Army boot camp being that difficult.
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Don't over think it. Just send him a letter or the occasional package, and he will be grateful. Anytime during the ordeal of boot camp, would be a good time to receive news and goodies from home.
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My daughter got through basic at Ft. Jackson
If she can do it most anyone can do it
We did not correspond

We did fly out to Ft. Jackson
When she passed
The Army was most accommodating for the families
One of the greatest experiences of my life

Let the children grow up
That is my two cents
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Let the children grow up
That is my two cents
Yes, this one needs to...he's rather immature for his age and soft. I hope this fixes some of that for him.
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Like many others here have said, just write as often as you can, it will be greatly appreciated.

Regarding stuff like cookies, I would ask him what their policy is, everyplace is different. When I went in ('86), you could receive packages of stuff like cookies but you had to open the package right there in the mail call formation and share it with your buddies until it was all gone. They didn't want you taking food back into the barracks, because it might attract pests.
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Nothing was worse than getting no mail, while everyone else was. Best was some one sent me a hot rod magazine, everyone wanted a look at it.
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Just remind him, "he gave them permission, (aka volunteered) to treat him that way." Each minute, hour, day will end. Then when it is all over he will have done what less the 3% of the nation has done. Odds are for the rest of his life he will be in the top 10% of accomplishments what ever they might be.
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Anytime ... letters from home are always appreciated
Don’t send cookies... he probably wouldn’t be able to eat them if he got them

Sugar saps energy anyway. Send him a bag of Macadamia nuts instead.
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Address it "General." It will give him one hell of a story.
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