Recruit Mail Call Schedule
Three things motivate a recruit: EAT, SLEEP, and MAIL TIME. Although families & friends can’t control the first two, they can ensure their recruit’s name is yelled out at mail call each night.
Postcard Delivery Schedule:
Monday Delivery postcards are expressed mailed three times per week (see schedule below) to recruit training. Cards arrive directly at the on-base military post office and are normally distributed within 24 hours (not including weekends).
Recruit Postcard Delivery Schedule (submit by 12 midnight EST):
Submit by Wednesday for a Monday Delivery
Submit by Sunday for a Wednesday Delivery
Submit by Tuesday for a Friday Delivery
(Professionally printed on glossy 14pt postcard stock and sent to your recruit)
For most families, writing to a service member is new and confusing. Over the past 17 years, most of your recruits have used text messages, video calls, and emails to communicate. During the next 9-12 weeks, technology will take a back seat to the old-fashioned snail mail.
During the weeks of recruit training, one of the most encouraging moments for recruits is opening their first letter from home.
“Mail is a good encouragement that reinforces the recruits – someone back home is thinking of them,” said Sgt. Walt Krueger, a USMC senior drill instructor.
Recruits receive letters from family or friends at the end of the day during mail call. Mail call is often a way for recruits to get away from the wear and tear of training and find encouragement from loved ones.