Do you know someone who is going to Marine boot camp or who is already at boot camp? If so then your recruit is officially beginning their journey to becoming a United States Marine! Over the next 12 weeks, your recruit will be pushed beyond their limits and if successful be made into a Marine. Through this transformation, your recruit will need your support and motivation to help them succeed. Here is all you need to know about sending Letters to Marine boot camp.
MCRD San Diego Mailing Address
|MCRD San Diego Mailing Address||Sample Address|
|RECRUIT First Name, Last Name|
#(st, nd, rd) BN “Company” Platoon ####
##### Midway Avenue
San Diego CA 92140-####
|RECRUIT John Doe|
1st BN Alpha Company Platoon 1000
38001 Midway Avenue
San Diego, CA. 92140-5670
MCRD Parris Island Mailing Address
|MCRD Parris Island Mailing Address||Sample Address|
|RECRUIT First Name, Last Name|
#(st, nd, rd) BN “Company Name” Platoon ####
PO Box #####
Parris Island, SC 29905-####
|RECRUIT John Doe|
1st BN Alpha Company Platoon 1000
PO Box 16945
Parris Island, SC 29905-6945
What should I write in my Letters to Marine boot camp?
Over the next thirteen weeks recruits will be pushed beyond their limits and, if successful, transition into a United Staes Marine.
Mental and physical exhaustion will become a norm as the loved one you said goodbye to is transformed into a completely new person.
Mail call will be the most anticipated time of the day, and your recruit will enjoy receiving a lot of mail from your over the course of the next three months.
In case you ever face writer’s block, we’ve come up with some questions to ask your recruit when writing Letters to Marine boot camp.
1. What were your first thoughts when you got off of the bus and stepped onto the yellow footprints?
2. What time do your mornings start?
3. How delicious is the chow?
4. What has been the worst thing about boot camp?
5. If you could describe boot camp in one word what would it be?
6. How many recruits are in your platoon?
7. What’s the name of one friend you’ve made, where are they from?
8. On a scale of 1 to 10 how much fun are pugil stick battles?
9. What is one thing your platoon gets yelled at for the most?
10. What time do you normally get to sleep?
11. Have you been given a nickname?
12. Is there anyone in your platoon not receiving mail that I can write to?
13. Has it been hard to keep your rack area clean and in tip top shape?
14. What have you liked best about boot camp?
15. How hard is it to keep your M-16 clean?
16. How fast can you take your M-16 and put it back together?
17. What has been the funniest thing your DI has said this week?
18. What’s the best advice you have received at boot camp?
19. What was going through your head when you jumped off of the repel tower?
20. What is the dumbest thing you have seen or heard another recruit do?
21. Has boot camp been what you expected it to be?
22. What is your wish list of bases you would like to be stationed at?
23. What’s the first thing you want to do after graduation?
24. What homemade/fast food meal do you miss the most?
25. Are you proud of yourself? (You should be!)
Looking for even more ideas of what to write during Marine boot camp? Read our what to writing when sending Letters to basic training article.
Your Letters to your recruit don’t need to be long and they don’t need to be fancy. What’s important is that you’re sending mail to support them through this journey.
Sending Letters via the Sandboxx app, will get your message and photos into your recruit’s hands within a couple of days (we overnight your Letters directly to the ship). We also include a return envelope with every Sandboxx Letter so your loved one can write you back!
Ready to send your first Letter to Marine boot camp?
Send your first letter to Marine boot camp with the Sandboxx app, write your message, include a photo and hit send.
Save and attach our week one image below to give your recruit motivation for their first week at Marine boot camp.
Learn more about how your Sandboxx Letter gets delivered.
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Adele Gonzales says
I have written my son two letters and paid for his reply postage. Today I got a call from him crying asking me if his dad and I have forgotten him, because we haven’t written him at all. That just broke my heart. I have paid and trusted sandboxx on connecting me to him and it failed me. What is going on?
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Evangelina Baeza says
I’m having the worst trouble,,my grandson Robert is in
MCRD San Diego and the weekly updates don’t update?
I get excited about the updates,,that I don’t get because it stays stuck in the same week until I message sandboxx and they update the account. Well I’m stuck on week 4 and I don’t have the updates for him. I love to follow the process and looking forward to his graduation in October. Please provide additional information on this. Thanks again…
DIANA Varnedore says
Is there a limit to how many family members and friends can send to a particular recruit?
Michael R. Britton says
I am very upset that my sons name is spelled wrong. I received a text and thought it was some kind of scam because my sons named was spelled wrong. How can I or you correct his name so I can send letters?
Theresa Badgett says
Have a letter I sent on the 2/18 that shows in transit. The letter I sent on the 21st has already been received by my recruit. Went to write a letter today 2/24 and the 2/21 letter showed unsent. I had to resend in order to write a new letter today. I screen shot the information and contacted customer support. Not sure what’s going on. $4 and my sons time by receiving 2 of the same and missing another.
Technology and storms are to blame (but I live in CA) I’m sure but was going smooth and loving it until now. 🙁
Anyone else all of a sudden having issues?
Susan DAGostino says
My son graduated from boot camp!! Now he’s at 29 palms, in California. I sent him a letter but he never received it and I never got it back!! Just wondering if anyone would no the adtess he’s in weapons. Thank uu susan
I received a letter from my best friend who is a recruit at Parris Island and am trying to write him a letter back using Sandboxx. However, the return address on the letter he sent me doesn’t have a platoon number. It has his battalion and company but it just says PLT with no number after. What do I do?
Yeaa I have that same problem with my bestfriend also being stationed in Parris Island. But I just manually input what he had on the letter.
Blake Peter Mulloy says
Dear sergeant I am into joining the marine’s and boot camp because I am super dedicated and always want to try and be successful and also show that I love my country with honor an respect I can do any thing to do what it takes even one step on a the military ground will make me feel more like I am a super hero that protects my country. My name is Blake Mulloy and I am 17 years old and just got a offer to the marines .
Theresa Badgett says
Congrats and thank you for your future service.
Theresa B. says
If my sons quarantine was extended where do I send mail…?
You will receive communication from your son when you can write and where to write. I didn’t hear from my partner during her quarantine at all. For me, a week or so until basic training I got a notification that I could send letters.
I realized i forgot to put the Company of the recruit on the mailing address. Does that mean he will not get the mail ?
Can you send giftboxes that include candy, snack to the recruits?
Unfortunately, no, unless it is specifically a clif bar or some kind of protein bar. Send enough for the entire platoon that your recruit is in, or you recruit WILL get picked on by the Drill Instructors and the recruit won’t get the food if you send only enough for your recruit.
Good luck! And Happy Holidays!
No, don’t send anything except letters unless your recruit tells you otherwise.
Okay so my recruit in the marines left and had to be quarantined for 2 weeks, in those two weeks on Sandboxx his name appeared. So i wrote to him. I didn’t know whether it would go to the hotel he was being quarentined at or to bootcamp where he’d receive it later on. So i wrote, four separate times. Now, i just received a notification text from Sandboxx that says my recruit indicated he wants to receive letters from me, and that they updated his address. I go back on the app and see now my recruits name is under kin, and the same name and place in my recents, but the one under recents is the one i wrote 4 times and the one under kin i haven’t wrote but that is obviously my recruit because it texted me about him. IM JUST SO CONFUSED AND THERE IS NO ONE TO HELP. Did i just waste $20 and did i just make my recruit think i hadn’t wrote to him for 3 weeks someone please help
Martin Regan says
Hi, I have sent 3 letters now, and they all say sent. They are supposed to be going to Parris Island South Carolina. But when I click to see where they are at, it looks like they have been sitting in Tennessee for a couple of days now. I know my recruits address is correct. Just trying to get an idea of how long I should anticipate for letters to get delivered.
Kathleen Tillman says
Can’t find any help on this site. Trying to find out if the gift card I bought for my son has arrived. The instructions are not clear at all! Tillman-
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James Connor says
Since everything is computerized now I would expect to have a platoon number while the platoon fills up. He had his BN, and Company assigned before he left, he was at a hotel for 2 weeks for quarantine, in that time they should have the platoon # (I know its in a computer somewhere).
The article doesn’t say where to get the platoon # for the recruit meaning that we have to get a letter from him first.
I am surprised not that much has changed as far as efficiency even with high tech since I graduated in 1987!
Being an old Marine I hope I don’t make too tough for him and the Corps! Just gotta get him graduated and the rest of the plan is a cake walk.
Barbara Mack says
Greeting’s wish to write cards to boot recruits. I’m in operation gratitude. Program worked for us navy 30 years ago civilian cpo mess. Duty. Manager retired disabled. Call me barbara mack 2153560312. Where to send morale cards. Thanks guys
Dana Cosgrove says
My son graduated from MCRD San Diego in April 2019. I realized then how many recruits do not receive letters/packages. Is there a way I could send letters and/or packages to any recruits you might know of that go without?
I heard you can address a letter to SAM (Stand Alone Marine) the drill instructors will make sure someone gets it. Haven’t tried it myself but is a great idea.
Hola.envíe 3 cartas ami hijo desde la semana pasada jueves y todavía no le años llegado
Beverly Lowe says
My son is in bootcamp
My son is in the 2 week staging process then bootcamp begins
Tina D says
You both got this! Lots of letters, keep him encouraged and grounded. It seems so long but flies by real fast. Join the Facebook group for parents (MCRD insert company name And look for the official group) they have been a huge help, you may even get to spot him in a picture!
Keryn Uhler says
Mine too! He is 22 and is at Parris Island, SC!! I do not know anyone and would love to get any thoughts or input from any moms or anyone whose son or daughter is going through this for the first time!! He is in Marine Bootcamp right now!!
Kendra Gould says
My grandson is currently in quarantine then heading to Parris island. I am very anxious to be able to write to him! Poolee Gould! Love him so much! I could not be prouder!
What if you don’t have the platoon number?? Can sandboxx find it for me?
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William Hubbard says
William Hubbard says
Hello what are the tokens used for exactly. Sorry I’m confused on how to use them and what exactly there for.
monae strozier says
the tokens are for the letters.