Communication

Writing & Talking to your SR

Don't Write me yet ✋

Patience is key

Your SR will spend the first five to seven days in a different building before they are housed in their permanent ship (barracks). So if you get an address from the recruiter the day after your recruit shipped out and you immediately send a letter, your recruit is not going to get that letter any quicker and in fact, it most likely will be delayed because again, it winds up sitting in the post office. (more on P-Days)

After recruits arrive, all cell phones are boxed up with their personal belongings and stored locally, to be returned to the recruit the day before graduation. From that moment on, the primary means to communicate with a recruit will be through the mail.

Family Form Letter

Writing your first letter

Families will receive an official form letter from their recruit shortly after P-Days with their accurate address. Do not rely on your SR's recruiter to provide you with the most accurate information including addresses. Waiting for the official form letter from your recruit is the wisest route.

The proper format for recruit mailing addresses is:

SR LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, MI
SHIP XXX DIV XXX
RECRUIT TRAINING COMMAND
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
GREAT LAKES IL 60088-XXXX

Waiting for a call or letter

We miss you ❤️

Due to the structured nature of recruit training, your Recruit will not be able to contact you regularly. Your Recruit is given a short phone call upon arrival to let you know that he or she arrived safely. Your Recruit will also generally be given a phone call halfway through training.

Your Recruit's primary means of communicating with family and friends is via the United States Postal Service. We highly encourage you to write your recruit as often as you like. Recruits will receive your letters throughout the week but can only respond to them during "holiday routine," on Sunday mornings and federal holidays.

Emergencies

American Red Cross

In case of a family emergency contact the American Red Cross to assist in passing an emergency message to your Recruit.

The American Red Cross Hero Care Center is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with two options for requesting assistance: online and by phone. 1-877-272-7337