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Ft Leonard Wood Basic Training Review (5)

1. Your Name (as you would like it to appear)

Vanessa H.

2. Where did your soldier attend basic training?

Fort Leonard Wood


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3. When did your soldier attend basic training (please include the year)?

April 26, 2010 – June 08, 2010

4. How often did you hear from him (phone and letters)?

He took his cell phone so he called me the whole way to Missouri and called me right before they let him off the bus. He called again for a minute during processing the next day. Then I didn’t hear from him until 2 weeks later on a sunday for about 10 minutes and then every Sunday or Saturday and the minutes were extended.

5. How long was it before you heard from him the first time?

He called the next day after he left for about a minute and then every Sunday after that. The first time was for 10 minutes and then it kept getting longer every week.

6. How long did it take to receive a mailing address from him?

He mailed me letters at the beginning so i got mail from him the second week but I didn’t get a mailing address until the second or third week.

7. Were there any restrictions on what you could send him?

Basically the same thing they tell everyone. Dont’ send anything unless he asks for it. I just sent him letters everydayΒ and some pictures every now and then. I did send some letters Express mail and it would get to him in 2 to 3 days instead of 5 to 6 days.

8. When did you receive information about family day and graduation?

About week 5 and it said that family day would be the same day as graduation and he would be allowed an off-post pass.

9. Did he have a family day? If so, please describe.

It was after graduation and he did get an off-post pass. We went to go eat and then went back to the hotel. He basically just wanted to sit around and be with his family. He was checked out around 1100 and had to be back by 2100. But he went back about an hour earlier and he said they did some push-ups and stuff because some people came back late, but I didn’t get to see that.

10. Please describe the graduation ceremony.

I really liked the graduation. It was inside and they marched down the street and then marched off the stage. They played the Basic Training Video. They sounded off and then there was a speech about family day. It wasn’t that long only about an hour. Then they marched back to the barricks and we had to sign him out. I liked it, it wasn’t boring at all.

11. Is there a website for his unit? Did you find a place online that has pictures from his basic training?

I haven’t looked yet. But I’m gonna try to find it later so I’m not sure if there are any pictures.

12. Any other tips or information?

The best thing was his AIT training was at Fort Leonard Wood so he had a pass on the weekend. So I got to see him on Friday and Saturday after graduation. That was so nice because others had to leave that morning after graduation for AIT somewhere else. It was the best experience to see my husband in uniform and I’m so happy I went to see his graduation. It was also good for him to have his cell phone because now he calls every night. It seemed like it would be forever when he first left but it did really go by fast. Just be supportive and write to him/her everyday while in Basic it really does help you and him.

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  • Jennifer October 10, 2010, 9:11 pm

    Hey do you know if there is a hotle on base that you can stay at for graduation?

  • traci December 30, 2010, 1:16 pm

    My husband leaves in a few days. He will be also doing basic and ait there as well. I have heard different stories about not having a basic grad if you have osut how did or when did you find out about him getting a weekend pass and graduating?

  • Rachel February 25, 2011, 12:02 am

    What is your soldier’s job? My soldier is in military police and I heard that they won’t get any family time or weekend passes at all! His AIT is at Fort Lenordwood too.

  • Felicia June 16, 2011, 12:09 pm

    My boyfriend just left for ft. leonard wood on monday and i haven’t received one phone call from him not even one saying that he made it there? is this normal? i haven’t eaten in days because i’m worried about him.

  • Getts July 27, 2011, 3:40 pm

    My husband will be at fort leonardwood for 19 weeks for his basic and AIT training for military police. How soon should i get a letter from him with a return address?

  • Brianna November 1, 2011, 1:18 am

    My bestfriend just left for basic training at fort lenoard wood to become an MP and she said her whole basic training will last a total of 22 weeks. How so will I hear from her and how long does it usually take to get a letter?

    • Stacey November 2, 2011, 1:56 pm

      It’s possible she’ll be able to call but most likely, your main communication will be through letters. It seems to take a bit longer in the beginning (about two weeks) to get the first one but then you should receive them as she writes them. Actually, you’ll probably get some of her letters before she gets yours.

  • Amber November 2, 2011, 1:54 pm

    My husband is at FLW and is now in AIT. Total training including basic is 19 weeks. He graduates December 15. He writes me every day and I get his letters in bulks. Their mail isn’t sent everyday. Once he got into AIT he can call every night during personal time unless his platoon got into trouble. In basic they get to call on Sunday. Usually starting calling around 6 pm central time. During AIT they can earn pass time on Sundays. During that 7 hour free time they can do anything from hang out to eat and watch movies. The time has flown by and can’t believe I only have to wait until next month to see him again.

  • nikki January 25, 2012, 5:19 pm

    my husband just left for basic training yesterday (1-23-2012). I’m due to have our first child by c section Friday! Does anyone know if they will let him call. or know any info on the situation…

  • Samantha February 13, 2012, 3:25 pm

    My boyfriend is at Ft. Leonard Wood I was wondering if I am able to send him a sweatshirt or something like that. Is this possible..sorry if this seems like a stupid question but I’m new at this.

  • Ashley February 15, 2012, 10:27 am

    Hi, my husband just left also to go to FLW on 2-13-12 I haven’t gotten a phone call either. I talked to him that night at the airport which he said it was cold an snowing. If anyone else husband/boyfriend is there I would appreciate the communication with you guys it seems we are all concerned.

    • Liz March 2, 2012, 11:33 am

      Hi Ashley, My husband is there too, left 2/27. I got the “last call” from him when he arrived at 11:20pm my time and I was already asleep, luckily I woke up. Did you hear from your husband? It could also depend on what DS is there at reception and if they let them call. Hoping you hear from yours and would love the communication also! I’m here and will reply πŸ™‚

      • Mercedes Bradley March 2, 2012, 2:00 pm

        Hi Liz my husband left 2/28 I too got a phone call that night for like 20 seconds but nothing else. How about you have you got another phone call? I’m figuring it will be at least another week for mail. I wish it was sooner!

        • Liz March 7, 2012, 6:20 am

          Hi Mercedes,
          Isn’t that phone call weird! They must be standing in front of SGT with a script. I heard from mine again when he left reception, another 20sec call just to say he was moved to his BCT group, that was Friday afternoon. Then I just started getting letters, one Monday and one yesterday. Just short notes B/c their time is very limited but nice. I didn’t get an address to write back yet though. I was figuring 2 weeks for mail also and it was nice surprise this week. If you haven’t yet I’m sure you’ll get something soon. Then hopefully the weekly calls will start!

          • Mercedes Bradley March 7, 2012, 10:53 am

            Hi Liz,
            The phone call was short pretty much said I’m here safe love you and I’ll call when I can. He did call Sunday but I missed it πŸ™ my dumb iPhone wouldn’t answer the phone. He left a message saying he should be able to send me letters next week. I hope that means this week! He left reception Sunday too. Our husbands might be in the same unit. Where is he going to AIT. That’s great you got some letters even being short that would totally make my day! Feel free to email me. Mparamedic911@aol.com

    • Tonya stamper March 6, 2012, 9:12 pm

      My son left on feb 13th 2012 also. He called me from the airport and I’ve gotten 2 letters from him now. So he is communicationg some.

    • Stephanie Miller March 11, 2012, 7:18 pm

      Hey Ashley

      My husband also left Feb 23, 2012. Would love to communicate with someone who is at the same point as I am with all this. My email is Stephanie.miller4211@yahoo.com or u can find me on Facebook

      Stephanie Miller

      • Stephanie Miller March 11, 2012, 7:19 pm

        I’m sorry feb 13, 2012*

  • Felicia February 15, 2012, 7:38 pm

    Unfortunately you cannot send them any personal items like that, they will get in trouble. All you can send them are pictures and letters.

  • kayla February 15, 2012, 10:23 pm

    my husband just arrived at fort leonard wood for his schooling, he is in the marines it is supposed to be 68 days! Does anyone know if he will get off base privileges? I am wanting to go visit him in March and im needing to know if we can stay in a hotel off base!

  • Cierra February 22, 2012, 7:23 pm

    My girlfriend, well now Fiancee is at Leonard Wood now. She’s been there since January 9 and doesnt come home until May 31st; She’s doing her basic and AIT for Military Police there. Sometimes I feel like time just isnt going by fast enough! At first it was soooo hard and devastating to deal with. But knowing how well she’s doing makes it easier and soon she’ll be home to me! At first, letters were soooo slow; they took like a week or 2 to get here. But now I get them in 3-4 days. I get phone calls every Sunday. They just graduated to white phase so they got more priviledges such as their first sodas, candy bars, ice creams, etc..oh yeah extra phone time, which I love! You cant send them ANYTHING unless they ask for it, so basically just pics and letters. At first the drill sgts would check everything, even their mail/letters. When I had my surgery (on a Wednesday) my girlfriend had called which surprised me b/c they dont get phone calls on Wednesdays. According to her, it’s hell at first but as time goes by, it gets better and a little easier. You start to get used to some of the things. As the military spouse, I’ve gotten used to things also…not getting my hopes up for letters in the mail. But one thing I ALWAYS do is on Sundays, I turn the volume up on my cellphone so I can hear it whenever she calls πŸ™‚

  • Maria February 23, 2012, 3:38 pm

    Can anyone here please show me how the address should be written to send them letters? My boyfriend has been gone for over a week and he finally got to call on Tuesday but he had only a few seconds to give me the address and it was a bunch of letters and all he kept saying was space and another couple of letters and numbers, so I’m not sure if I wrote it down correctly. He is in Fort Leonard as well. If anyone can help pleaseee please I’ll really appreciate it! Thanks!

    • Cierra February 28, 2012, 12:04 pm

      Hi Maria. Well the thing i did was WAIT for my fiancee to send ME leters so i could have the address. but the way her address is suppossed to be written is like this (these are fake numbers of course):

      PFC Schatz, ….
      F Co. 187 MP BN 2nd PLT
      2230 Iowa Ave. BLDG 300
      Ft. Leonard Wood, MO (zip code)

      as i said majority of these numbers are fake but thats how u’d write it unless he says otherwise
      but i RECOMMEND that u wait until he sends u a letter so u dont mess up the address. they’ll get in trouble or it could go to someone else. πŸ™‚ hope i helped a little.

      • maria March 2, 2012, 11:10 am

        Cierra thank you so much, I actually started getting all his letters with the address this week. I’m so glad I waited because I had it wrong the first time he called to give it to me so he probably would’ve never even gotten them. Now I cant wait til he gets mine because from what I’ve seen they take like from 4 to 5 days to arrive πŸ™ buuu! but thank you so much πŸ™‚

        • Cierra March 2, 2012, 12:20 pm

          Yea it takes a while for the letters to get to one another. It took about 1 week and a half for my fiance to get my letters and for me to gets hers but once u keep sending them, u’ll get each other’s letters in 3 to 4 days….5 tops! Sometimes it depends on if they are very busy or the sergeant. I wish u luck and im here if u need to talk. Im going through it also love πŸ™‚

          • maria March 2, 2012, 1:05 pm

            Yessss I’ve been writing him daily so that he can get one at least every other day, he said they get super busy or uses his time to sleep as much as he can because they don’t get much sleep but he’s been trying to write at least 3 or 4 times a week, which is good it makes me happy getting every single one of his letters πŸ™‚ Do you know if they open every letter or just the ones with pictures in them? And awwww thank you so much πŸ™‚ , it was so hard at the beginning now its a little easier but still tough.. thank youuuu & same here I’m here for whenever!! πŸ˜‰

          • Cierra March 3, 2012, 2:58 pm

            I write daily also but i send my letters weekly…like every wednesday that way she’d have alot to read at one time and to keep her going and what not. Ummm at first they did check ALL mail, whether u sent pics or not. But once they get to a certain stage/point they stop checking, at least thats what my fiance said. they dnt check their mail anymore every since they graduated to white phase. So just be careful about the pics u send. no nudes lol Yes its EXTREMELY hard in the beginning. Sometimes it’s still hard but dont think about the weeks, just think months; it’ll seem shorter. Or even better, try not to think about how long he’s going to be gone period.

          • Maria March 5, 2012, 11:07 am

            Omg that sucks, they read through all the letters then until you get to white phase?? that’s retarded.lol I just sent him a couple of pictures he wanted of his mom, nephews, and us nothing bad but now I’m worried he got in trouble for what i wrote in the letters, I can be a little cheesy!haha hopefully not. But oh that’s nice too sending them all at once, I send them daily just because picturing him being skipped breaks my heart and in his last letter he told me he hasn’t received any & he’s bummed about it, so once he starts getting them he should have one everyday πŸ™‚ Do you get calls once a week? I haven’t been able to talk to him since he left, I don’t know if his sargeant doesn’t let them talk to if they have to be with the phase they are on. Ah yes i was counting weeks at first and it just seemed like forever now I’m just going by months, and next month is his graduation so I’m excited for that, I think after that i’ll have to stop keeping track of how many weeks or months he has left because it’s even longer πŸ™

          • Cierra March 5, 2012, 4:35 pm

            I dont think they actually READ the letters. They may skim through them, but they definitely look at pics until the get to a certain point. Then they stop checking mail all together. Last week my fiancee’s drill sgt threw away her letter to me..he was being an asshole so i didnt receive a letter at all last week smh. Yea it takes a while for the letters to get to and from each other, like 2 weeks tops. But once you both start sending them back and forth, it’ll take no time at all. Yes i get calls once a week, usually only on Sundays. The amount of time for their phone calls vary. Sometimes, they may have 10 mins, 15 min. When they graduate to white phase they get 2 hour passes and get like 25-30 on the phone which is great! My fiancee graduates from basic this week, then goes to AIT at Leonard Wood as well. Things should be better in AIT.

  • Liz February 27, 2012, 3:21 pm

    My husband left this morning for Fort Leonard Wood BCT, then on to Fort Benning for OCS. I heard from him this afternoon before his flight. Reading your posts are encouraging and helpful to know I will get to talk to him weekly. Just hoping he will get to call to let me know he gets to base ok, but I am assuming not. Will update this info if I hear from him. Maybe it’ll help the next reader πŸ™‚

  • Mercedes March 1, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Hi my husband just left to Ft Leonard wood Feb 28th. I received a phone call late saying he made it but nothing else yet. I know it might be a week or so i really miss him. he’s 35m and will go to AIT in Az. Anyones else husband/boyfriend their? it would be cool to talk to someone who’s going through the same thing! My email is Mparamedic911@aol.com

  • Ashley March 2, 2012, 12:49 pm

    Hi, Liz yes I have he called that night an he has called every Sunday :). I have also been writing an reviving letters in the mail. When is your husbands graduation date? Mines is April 26th.

    • Liz March 2, 2012, 1:14 pm

      That is awesome! Hoping mine calls this Sunday too! He called yesterday and today but only b/c he took the wrong copy of our marriage license and they needed the official certified one. But he couldn’t tell me much or if even started training or is out of reception yet so I’m not exactly sure when grad. is, thinking sometime in the beginning of May though. Great to hear you are getting letters already! I wasn’t expecting that for weeks yet but good to know!

      • Mercedes Bradley March 3, 2012, 3:06 am

        Hi Liz my husband left 2/28 I too got a phone call that night for like 20 seconds but nothing else. How about you have you got another phone call? I’m figuring it will be at least another week for mail. I wish it was sooner!

      • Mercedes March 3, 2012, 7:02 pm

        Hi Liz my husband left 2/28 also for Ft Leonard Wood!

  • Ashley March 5, 2012, 7:40 pm

    Hi, is anyone’s husband/wife having a hard time my husband is in the 1-48th 2nd plt.?? I think he maybe homesick but I wanted others opinions….

    • will March 18, 2012, 3:56 pm

      first 3 weeks are fast pace my girl friend is in that 1-48th b co 2nd plt. she told me how it very tring but i aint heard of her calling yet.~ But she did ask for me to send stamp lolz .

  • Debbie March 9, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Can someone let me know if its O.K. to send cards? Or are only letters ok?

  • Stephanie Miller March 13, 2012, 10:07 pm

    Letter and cards are just fine to send.

  • Ashley March 19, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Hi , will my husband is also in the outlaws he called yesterday an was sooo exhausted:(

  • Rose May 22, 2012, 7:01 pm

    My husband recently wrote and told me he was sick. I searched and searched and saw that people were allowed to send phone chargers, stamps, envelopes, and cough drops…. I sent all that in a package, but now am regretting I. Did I just make my husbands next 8 weeks hell?

    • Cierra May 24, 2012, 2:31 pm

      Rose, to my knowledge, they arent supposed to have some things sent to them. Cough drops, stamps and envelopes are fine….it really just depends on the drill sergeant. My fiancee’s drill sergeant wouldnt let his platoon have ANYTHING sent to them except letters, stamps, and occasionally cough drops.

      • Maria May 24, 2012, 2:41 pm

        I once sent my boyfriend cough drops from what i know they HAVE to be menthol or cherry nothing else and he got them. he even asked me for shampoo once and a soap holder so i sent that, it should be fine as long as you don’t send food πŸ™‚ One thing that was really useful for me was that his company had a facebook page so all the families would go and post on there and answer each other’s questions even the Captain would write back so whenever you get the invitation for graduation check for that page, they always post really useful information!

  • Deborah Evrard July 10, 2012, 3:51 pm

    My daughter just left today for BT and AIT-MP . Reading what everyone else has to say makes the stress level less for me. Knowing what to expect when you are in the dark from someone who has already been there is a big help! I will be looking for support and help here when needed.

  • EUnique July 11, 2012, 8:16 pm

    and how do i find the facebook pages that shows pictures and videos of my husband in fort leonard wood mo?

    • cierra July 15, 2012, 5:36 pm

      the companies usually have their own fb pages. my fiancee was with foxtrot; they had their own fb page so best thing is to look up his company and see if they have a page; if so, pics and videos will be on there.

  • Tianna September 12, 2012, 5:20 pm

    Well my boyfriend just left to basic training , and he just purposed to me , so when he gets back were gonna get married.
    But my question is: When were married could I leave with him?

  • jess October 8, 2012, 2:42 am

    ftwoodphotos.com -the website that posts pic of each company

  • Amalia October 28, 2012, 6:47 pm

    Hey guys, my husband is leaving the day after tomorrow to start his basic training at Ft Leonard Wood. Is anyone else’s husband/boyfriend/wife leaving around the same time? Just wondering, I am having a hard time with all of this! Also, I noticed a lot of people are talking about their husbands bringing their cell phones with them to basic and ait school, but my husband’s recruiter told him not to bring his cell phone. Are they allowed to bring them? We have a newborn baby (he is 9 days old today!) and I would love to talk to my husband whenever possible, even if it is just while he’s on the bus or something. Reading everyone else’s stories are really helping me out but I am freaking out about how much I am going to miss him when he leaves!!!

  • Chloe February 10, 2013, 7:05 pm

    around what time on sunday are phone calls at fort leonardwood ??

    • Lia February 22, 2013, 4:04 am

      I wish I knew:( my boyfriend is there now he arrived monday February 5th. He called me a week later on Sunday and I missed it by 4minutes…then he called me Wednesday the 13th and I missed it by 1 damn minute. I think the number isn’t going through cause I never catch it ringing. But he left me a voicemail and said he’ll have time to call me on Sundays and if he doesn’t call, for me not to worry. This past Sunday he didn’t call. I’m hoping he will the next…. It’s been almost 3 weeks that I haven’t talked to him. And I can’t even mail him because his mom still didn’t get any information about the mailing address. It’s frustrating to say the least!

  • Larissa February 18, 2013, 11:55 am

    My boyfriend just graduated from basic training at Ft Leonard Wood. IF they got to call on Sundays it was anywhere between 5pm and 9pm. I highly recommend finding out if their company has a Facebook page. That’s where I found out a lot of my information about when they would get to call and all the info for graduation. My soldier only got to call 3 or 4 times his last 6 weeks at basic so don’t get your hopes up to get a call every Sunday because you’ll end up just being disappointed.

  • Mara May 20, 2013, 6:42 pm

    Im glad to read all the feedback. My fiance just left May 8 to FT Leonard Wood. I can gladly get off the crazy train worried about communication and letters. Recieving his first letter felt like my birthday and christmas all wrapped into one. Then I saw there was no return address.. I felt stuck. He calls me on sunday this time for more then 5 minutes. Writing him everyday has brought me some type of peace of mind. Just cant wait to send him the letters. We started in NY.. I wonder how graduation is going to go for us because he is doing his AIT there as well. How much time in between if any?

    • Carly Hartz June 13, 2013, 1:47 am

      Mara my husband is there also! What is his MOS? He left May 6th . And they might have a weekend I between if any!

  • Karilys June 8, 2013, 2:06 am

    My Boyfriend Left 5 days ago to Fort Leonard Wood… His mom and I haven’t heard from him… Not even a phone call to say he had arrived-.- I’m really new at this… So Im
    Looking everywhere for answers or any helpful advice:)!
    This page has really helped a lot!!

    • Carly Hartz June 13, 2013, 1:48 am

      Karilys, it takes about two weeks for you to hear anything at all. Keep your head up and write write write!!!!

  • Megan July 16, 2013, 5:57 pm

    My husband leaves in 6 days. This page has put me in tears and helped me a lot. If anyone has any advice on getting around in MO please help. I’m so worried. I’ve never traveled before and we’re from a small farm town. Is graduation normally on a weekend? I have a factory job and they’re not gonna dismiss me for going to see my husband graduate from basic and such. Any extra information would definitely be appreciated, I feel these next couple of months are gonna be the longest months of my life.

  • Daniela August 4, 2013, 7:38 pm

    My Fiance left to the army on July 15th we spoke the whole day and also the next day. He called me between flights and also called me as soon as he got there. I received a phone call from him the monday after he left which was only a week. He sent me mail that same week. On the second i received another letter with a mail back address and got a phone call of 5 min today sunday. He sounded so different im just hoping he is okey. He told me he would send me more letters.

  • Lexi September 25, 2013, 9:48 pm

    my husband just left for OSUT on Sept 16, so far I’ve gotten four letters from him while he was in reception, so no return address. I got a call two days ago that literally lasted about five seconds “Hey babe I made it to basic… can’t talk… love you” and that was it. Any idea of when I’ll get a mailing address for him? He sounded pretty sad in his letters that he hadn’t been able to hear from me. It sucks because I’ve been writing to him everyday, and I want to be able to send those letters to him asap.

  • Noelle March 16, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Hey, I know that this has not been commented on in a long time, but I am hoping that someone will still be able to help me out. My husband left on March 3 for FLW, and called me with that short scripted call when he got to reception on Tuesday night. He then called me last Sunday, with a very short like 2 minute call just to tell me that he had started BCT on Saturday…i then recieved his address on Tuesday. So he has one full week of Red phase completed now, and I was wondering if maybe i might get a phone call tonight? I was wondering if any of you got Sunday phone calls during red phase? thank you

  • Ali April 14, 2015, 3:16 pm

    So my boyfriend is most likely going to join the army after high school next year. He wants to join military police but I was wondering does he come home after basic training and AIT? because we plan to get married I’m just trying to figure out when that would be possible.

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