No News is Good News!
Your recruit has very limited down time the first few weeks of boot camp as they adjust to a rigid routine. They're only allowed an 1 hour in the evenings to write home. On Sundays, they are offered more time to write so hopefully they will be able to write you soon. At the end of the day, though, remember no news is good news!
If That's the "Good News," Is There Any "Great News?"
Yes! Each letter you send through Sandboxx includes a pre-addressed envelope to make it as fast and easy as possible for them to reply. The only thing your recruit needs to do is add a stamp. That's a HUGE time saver!
When will my recipient read or receive my mail?
Great question! Mail call varies by military branch and base.
However, generally speaking the day you see your mail deliveredI is when they will receive that mail. Specifically that evening (barring any training days) at chow-time, which is around 5 PM local. This can vary, so anytime between chow-time and lights out is when they will receive mail.
How Does My Recruit Communicate With Me? Is it through the Sandboxx App?
Recruits do not have access to the internet or their cellphones other than to make quick phone calls home when their Drill Instructor allows them to. Not all branches allow them to use their phones during boot camp, so as a rule, we suggest not counting on it too often.
In summary, we provide the means for your recruit to send you a physical letter back immediately with the self-addressed envelope.
How Will I Know When My Recruit Sends a Letter Back?
It can be a good idea to ask your recruit to date their Letters when they send them. That can help you figure out how long it generally takes for them to get a Letter back to you. It really depends on when they have time. The life of a recruit is a busy affair.
Another great idea is to sign up for Informed Delivery through the US Post Office. It allows you to get notifications when you have a letter on the way. It's a great way to know when to expect a letter to your home.