During boot camp, your loved one is going to be isolated from family and friends for several weeks, while experiencing physical and mental challenges like never before.

Letters from home is the best way to support your recruit. But if you don’t follow the appropriate guidelines, your recruit will not be able to enjoy your letters.

In this month’s blog, Project Write 2 Them offers guidelines for sending letters to your Marine Recruit at boot camp.

1. Use your recruit’s correct mail address.

Imagine the heartache of sending lovingly written letters to your recruit over the course of several weeks, only to learn that he never received any of them! The number one reason recruits don’t receive mail during bootcamp is because their letters were not properly addressed.

Within 10-14 days after your recruit leaves, you will receive a form letter with his or her mailing address. Though your recruit may move from one location to another during boot camp, you will always use the same mailing address. If you don’t receive this form letter, contact the recruiter, who should be able to provide you with your recruit’s mailing address and platoon number.

Be sure to clearly write your recruit’s mailing address on any letters you send during boot camp or basic training. Avoid using markers or ink that’s prone to bleeding or smudging.

2. Properly format your recruit’s address.

Address your letters to “recruit. last name, first initial.” Referring to your recruit in any other manner might result in unnecessary attention at mail call.  When addressing your envelope, refer to the templates and examples below:

For Parris Island:

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You can find a list of Company Units and mailing addresses at:


For MCRD San Diego:

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Properly formatting and addressing your envelope ensures the fastest delivery to your recruit.

3. Use plain envelopes with no embellishments.

When writing to your loved one at boot camp, use a plain envelope and DO NOT decorate it with drawings, stickers, or any text other than the to and from addresses. Don’t spritz it with perfume, either. This will cause unnecessary attention from the drill instructor during mail call and nobody wants that!

4. Remember:  no packages!

Don’t send packages of any kind to your recruit or attempt to enclose anything with your letter other than pictures or small news clippings.

5. Understand the mail delivery process.

Mail arrives at the Recruit Depot Monday through Saturday, and then must be sorted. Note that, due to training schedules, it may sometimes take a little longer for your recruit to receive and open your letters.

Turning Emails into Letters From Home…Because Mail Call Matters!

The best way to support your recruit during boot camp is to write. A LOT. Getting family and friends to send short notes, long letters and photos from their phones is easy with Project Write 2 Them.

13 weeks to make a Marine….Project Write2Them, a nonprofit organization, makes it easy to stay in touch with your loved one during boot camp by turning emails into letters from home. Contact us today to learn more.

Photo: recruitparents.com





2 thoughts on “Mail Call…Send Letters to Your Recruit at Marine Boot Camp

    1. Amy,
      Based on the information posted on the official Marine Corps web sites for both MCRD Parris Island and MCRD San Diego, we have the recommended format correct. The official Marine Corps site lists RCT First Name Last Name.
      Thank you.

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