Drill Sergeants hold the soldier’s mail at basic training.
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 message on my answering machine wanting to know why I had not written him any letters yet. I was crying because I missed the phone call and because I had been sending letters…daily.
Since that time, I have received countless emails and they all have similar stories as 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 really knows! What I do 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 send.
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 definitely write. The last thing you want is for him to finally have mail call and still not have any mail.