The Holding Mail Rumor:
Drill Sergeants hold the soldier’s mail at basic training.
The Truth on Basic Training Mail
True and false. Ask those running basic training if this is happening, and they will swear up and down that it is not.
However, when my husband was at basic training, I remember crying when I heard the voice message wanting to know why I had not written him any letters yet.
I cried because I missed the phone call and had been sending letters…daily.
Since then, I have received countless emails, which all have similar stories to what I described. It seems to routinely take two weeks after reception before the soldiers start receiving their letters.
Do they hold letters? Does it take that long to process mail for a new class? Who knows?
What I know is that in most cases, you can expect that it will take two weeks or so before he receives his first letter from you, regardless of when you sent it or how many you sent.
Continue to Write Regardless
This does not mean you don’t have to send mail to him in those first few weeks. Just let those letters pile up but always continue to write and send letters.
The last thing you want is for him to finally have a mail call and discover there is nothing for him. Don’t let this happen to your soldier!