Mail and Entertainment

I thought this was an interesting and fun read. Here’s an Army Drill Sergeant’s entertaining look at some of the mail sent to recruits at basic training. No problem with Project Write2Them mail, however, plain white envelopes properly addressed (with plt numbers and names on the back flap), just full of postive thoughts from home. Project Write2Them sends letters to all basic training and boot camp locations.

Life of an Army Drill Sergeant

Army privates are briefed from the moment they step off the bus at the reception station about contraband such as food, drinks, drugs, etc.  They are not allowed to keep any of these items.  They are later briefed about receiving mail; what they can have and what they can’t have.  We allow them to call home, I reiterate to them,”Tell your families and friends not to send you any kind of food, medicine, electronic devices because you cannot have those things while in basic training.
Throughout my time as a drill sergeant I have seen many interesting packages such as baby wipe containers that have a piece cut out of the center with candy.  I noticed that the package of wipes didn’t have the cellophane wrapping on it.  Then when the private opened it, it was just wipes, until you took the top layer off.  How about shampoo or lotion bottles?  Well…

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Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon bombings

This blog is so completely ‘off topic’ for Project Write2Them, but I simply must share in light of the tragedy Monday in Boston…Boston, my hometown! My heart is breaking as I think of all my family and friends in Boston, who have experienced first-hand the terror and heartache of a terrorist attack. This event especially … Continue reading Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon bombings

How to Write a Thank-you Note – This was so entertaining!

I am just about to finish up my Christmas and holiday thank you notes, so I was intrigued when I was alerted to this wonderfully entertaining blog from imissyouwheniblink entitled 'How to write a Thank-you Note' . You can find the blog at Writing a great note is not always easy, but is almost always treasured and … Continue reading How to Write a Thank-you Note – This was so entertaining!

Five Do’s and Don’t’s When Writing Letters to Recruits at Basic Training

Here's a reposting of our Five Do's and Don't's When Writing to Recruits at Basic Training or Boot Camp. So now your son or daughter, boyfriend or girlfriend, brother, sister or friend has headed off to Basic Training or Boot Camp. These next 8 to 10 weeks, or in the case of Marines 13 weeks … Continue reading Five Do’s and Don’t’s When Writing Letters to Recruits at Basic Training

Proud Mom of Two Marines

One of my favorite bloggers, 3 Quarters Today  is the Proud Mom of two Marines . I like all of her postings, but especially enjoy her postings supporting our military and their families. In addition to her writing, she has just launched a store on CafePress with some items especially for a Marine Mom with Two Marines! … Continue reading Proud Mom of Two Marines

Writing Letters to our Senior Citizens

I think many people are intimidated with the idea of writing a letter; that blank sheet of stationery, a blank new Word document  or a blank email scares many of us.  What do I write? What could I say that would be interesting to someone? I don't have time to write a letter? Well, in the case of writing … Continue reading Writing Letters to our Senior Citizens

US Air Force Academy Class of 2016 Doolie Day Out

Here is a photo of 5 USAF Academy Cadets during Doolie Day Out (DDO). DDO is day when the cadets leave the Air Force Academy campus for several hours before they head off for two weeks of 'camping', weapon training and the obstacle course at Jacks Valley. Those smiles won’t last long.