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STORMIN29
10-11-2006, 17:35
My 20 year old son is in his second week of basic training at Fort Benning. Can anyone tell me when he can receive letters? Thanks, as I am new to the military world.

truxrme
10-11-2006, 17:59
as soon as you get his address, he will need to hear from family

battlin bulldog
10-13-2006, 20:28
definattly make sure you send him lots of mail. and always be posotive and encouraging (obviously) im a scout who had to go thru basic twice cause i reclased from mp and mail is the most important thing to a private. chow and sleep are both secondary. best of luck to him.

.45greg
10-13-2006, 22:03
Originally posted by battlin bulldog
definattly make sure you send him lots of mail. and always be posotive and encouraging (obviously) im a scout who had to go thru basic twice cause i reclased from mp and mail is the most important thing to a private. chow and sleep are both secondary. best of luck to him.

yes he is definitely hating life right now, and there is nothing worse than standing in that could concrete company area at 2100 watching everyone get mail and you walk back to the barracks empty handed!

cgrivois
10-14-2006, 12:52
If he has only been there for two weeks, then he may not even be "down range" meaning he still in processing at reception battalion. If I remember correctly one they get down range, or two thier training unit, they are required to write a letter home so that you have his address. This was how the process went when I was at Benning, granted that was in 93, but there are a few Drill Sgts on this forum that may chime in.

STORMIN29
10-14-2006, 13:36
Thanks for the info. I received a letter from my son stating that he is waiting to get into OSUT. Once he is in there, I will be able to write to him. I guess OSUT is a 14 week training for infantry. All of the military jargon is new to me. He loves being where he is, and has been raised with a good attitude towards authority. He knows what he is being taught and how he is being taught, will train him for survival and welcomes the knowledge and training. He wrote about how many new recruits really have a poor attitude and really want to give instructors a hard time. I think he will make a very good soldier as he want to get into some sort of law enforcement career later in life.

cgrivois
10-14-2006, 13:52
Good deal, glad you heard from him. Congrats to a proud parent, and you should be. As mentioned before send him plenty of mail. Also to save him some grief durring mail call, send him mail with american flag stamps, no puppies and kittens and hugs and kisses from mom written on the envelope.

STORMIN29
10-14-2006, 16:36
Hopefully I will have his address soon. Stamps will not be of the girly type as mother has not been around for 19 years. I have been a single parent of four for the last 19 years and he is my youngest and turned out the best of all four. I support the USA Shooting Team, so alot of those stickers will be used in the mail. Thanks for all of the info.

Glock_36
10-14-2006, 20:15
Glad you heard from your Son. Thank Him for His Service to Our Great Country. You can try another web site for military. Military.com (http://www.military.com/)

battlin bulldog
10-15-2006, 08:08
Originally posted by cgrivois
Good deal, glad you heard from him. Congrats to a proud parent, and you should be. As mentioned before send him plenty of mail. Also to save him some grief durring mail call, send him mail with american flag stamps, no puppies and kittens and hugs and kisses from mom written on the envelope.

when i was going thru my dad sent me lots of mail and it was great but on one of his letters he wanted to get a little mean and on the envelope he put a bunch of barby stickers and crap like that. i would have to agree with cgrivois. dont embarass him. lol.

hopefully they make him an 11C which is a mortarman and send him here to the 1-1 cav. we could use a few more good soldiers like your son.

Hal9mm
10-16-2006, 10:41
Originally posted by battlin bulldog
when i was going thru my dad sent me lots of mail and it was great but on one of his letters he wanted to get a little mean and on the envelope he put a bunch of barby stickers and crap like that. i would have to agree with cgrivois. dont embarass him. lol.



Yeah that isn't nearly as bad as my dad who was a Marine and stuck a huge Marine Sticker on my Mail, yeah I got good at pushups and flutter kicks.

Hal9mm
10-16-2006, 10:41
I would encourage him to volunteer for Ranger Batt!

MarkP
10-16-2006, 20:17
In addition to the private mail , I would also suggest material he can share with his platoon:
magazines
Gun
news
sports , etc.
if they are permitted , of course.

DO NOT send anything like FHM ,Maxim or Porno .

Welcome to the military family :thumbsup:

MP

STORMIN29
10-19-2006, 06:33
I finally received an address from my son. He is in the B Company, 3/330th Infantry, Fort benning , Ga.. He is in a 15 week training program and is supposed to graduate on February 2nd. I guess I am going on a road trip. He will really like the weaponry as he has been a firearms enthusiast since he was very young. Thanks for all of the replies, I know that he will make a fine asset to the military.

shootingbuff
10-20-2006, 16:27
Originally posted by truxrme
as soon as you get his address, he will need to hear from family

:thumbsup:

sb

bharen
10-21-2006, 13:48
Stormin29. Congrats to you and your son! Yes, make the road trip! Arrive a day or two early and drive around Benning, visit the Infantry Museum (lots of stairs but an amazing collection), visit Infantry Hall, walk the Airborne Walk and maybe watch an Airborne class during ground or tower week. Your son will get a day or two off after graduation and before he has to report to his next class/duty station so make plans for that. He'll have lots of stories to tell and will probably want to load up on junk food :thumbsup:. He will also have made a number of new friends in Basic and will want to hang out with them and swap 'war stories'. Be indulgent, take a group out to dinner (someplace affordable like Golden Corral is just fine) and let them eat their way through the buffet table while enjoying each other's company and their new-found freedom. It's a time to be proud!

.45greg
10-23-2006, 09:15
Originally posted by bharen
Stormin29. Congrats to you and your son! Yes, make the road trip! Arrive a day or two early and drive around Benning, visit the Infantry Museum (lots of stairs but an amazing collection), visit Infantry Hall, walk the Airborne Walk and maybe watch an Airborne class during ground or tower week. Your son will get a day or two off after graduation and before he has to report to his next class/duty station so make plans for that. He'll have lots of stories to tell and will probably want to load up on junk food :thumbsup:. He will also have made a number of new friends in Basic and will want to hang out with them and swap 'war stories'. Be indulgent, take a group out to dinner (someplace affordable like Golden Corral is just fine) and let them eat their way through the buffet table while enjoying each other's company and their new-found freedom. It's a time to be proud!

the infantry museum is awesome, I was drooling over that Galil!

Benning has some serious history!:thumbsup: