No News is Good News!
Recruits have very limited down time the first few weeks of basic training as they adjust to a rigid routine. Their days are packed with drills and strenuous physical activity, while their evenings are even more restricted, allowing them only 1 hour to write home. On Sundays, they are offered more time to write letters, so don't be alarmed if you don't hear from your recruit for a few days. 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 responding easy for recruits. The only thing your recruit will need to do is add a stamp.
When will my recipient read or receive my mail?
Mail call varies by military branch and base.
However, generally speaking the day you see your mail delivered 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 basic training, 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.