Letters during plebe summer

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  1. Navy2019GF

    Navy2019GF New Member

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    Hi everyone! I was just wondering when to expect the first letter home from plebe summer, and how often they typically come? Also, I read online that some companies have to earn their mail during plebe summer. If this is true, about when do they start getting their mail? Thank you all for your help! Any response is appreciated:)
     
  2. hthp37

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    Not sure if this is helpful for your specific plebe, but I was on the yard yesterday and watched as detailers were picking up mail and taking their bundles back to the plebe wing at Bancroft.
    Also, I recall receiving first letter from my class of 2018 mid about 1 week after IDay. But it must have been something he threw together in 30 seconds and probably under the urging of his detailers. It was maybe 2 full sentences. Lol. Enjoy your call this weekend.
     
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  3. NavyHoops

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    Plebes are not forced to write home or to anybody else. It's their choice to write, how much or whom. They used to have to write an initial post card saying they made it, address, company info and first phone call. Not sure they still do that as we all now have the Internet. Detailers are actually supposed to pick up mail daily and distribute it. Some will miss a day because they are at the range or something, but mail is usually not messed withy
     
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    One letter has to be written/sent within the first 5 days with a minimum of mailing address and company info. Everything else is on the plebe to write home.
     
  5. sam9080

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    I received the letter from my daughter today!!! Yippee! She is doing well as I hoped. Plebe's are required to write home within the first few day. She wrote on Sunday which is the only day they have free time and it was post marked Monday. Hope you get yours soon!
     
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  6. GoSox

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    The part about "earning their mail" is not true -- the detailers are given explicit instructions that it is, in fact, illegal to interfere with the delivery of the U.S. Mail in any way. Navy Hoops is correct that maybe the mail won't be picked up for a day if the company is at the range, for example, but it won't be withheld as punishment, etc.

    Regarding writing, most plebes don't have time to write much at all (plus they aren't used to it, this is the texting generation) but they will love and appreciate everything they get from you.
     
  7. kayaker

    kayaker Mother of USNA Midshipman (Class of 2019)

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    We got a letter from our son yesterday. It was obviously written in haste, and he commented on how little time they have. He also commented that he had not received any mail, BUT it was dated July 4, and July 3 was a federal holiday, so the only mail day would have been the day after I Day. Made me wonder if Plebe Summer is like those horrible times in your life (e.g., the death of a family member) when you completely lose track of time. I feel badly for him -- he wouldn't have commented on the lack of mail if he didn't miss it. I wish I had sent my first letter the day before I day. All that said, it was nice to get a letter from him -- can't wait for that phone call on Sunday!
     
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  8. THS

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    Got DS's letter today, I was getting worried that he wouldn't write - thank goodness we forced him into the habit of writing thank you notes, otherwise writing would have been foreign to him! Feel much better now after reading that he's "living his dream!"
     
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  9. kayaker

    kayaker Mother of USNA Midshipman (Class of 2019)

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    So I bumped into two of DS's friends yesterday (twins) and told them DS would love to get a letter from them. I emailed them DS's mailing address, then later in the day bumped into the twins' dad and told him I had asked his boys to write DS a letter. He said, "no problem" as long as they had his email address. When I said they would have to write an actual letter, he said, "uh-oh." Made me laugh.
     
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