Mail During Plebe Summer

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  1. gabe811

    gabe811 New Member

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    Hi all,

    I would like to know if plebes can send outgoing mail. I know they can receive care packages, but I haven't heard anyone mention plebes sending letters out to family; in the way that enlistees would send mail during boot camp.

    Thanks!


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  2. Vista123

    Vista123 Member

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    can and must
     
  3. suddensam

    suddensam USNA BGO

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    They can. If you are talking about Plebe Summer, there is precious little time. I believe that there is a specific day, perhaps a week after I-Day, where the detailers have the Plebes scratch out a quick note home. They may do that a couple more times during the summer, but that's about it. Also, the detailers have to take time to get the letters posted, and they are even busier than the Plebes. I think I got three letters from my son during Plebe Summer, and they were out of sequence.

    After Plebe Summer, the Plebes rate electronics. They get their phones back and are issued computers. Text, email and Oovoo become the primary means of communication at that point.
     
  4. COmom

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    ^^^ Agree, but the amount of writing a Plebe does is very Plebe dependent. DS processes by writing, so we got several lengthy letters--he'd write whenever and wherever he could. This is mostly not the case for many of the Plebes. There are some "funny in hindsight" circumstances reported by parents. Empty envelopes, letter saying only "My detailer is making me write this.", etc. Although they are required to write to parents periodically, there is precious little time in their day to do it.

    Even if they can't or aren't writing to you much, I highly suggest frequent letters to sent to them. I didn't think DS would care much if he heard from us--very independent and not much of a talker--but I followed USNA1985's advice and wrote practically daily, even if it was just to send a Far Side cartoon in a "hang in there" card. Those cards and notes were really appreciated by our son, far more than the couple of care packages we sent. (Thank you much, USNA 1985!)
     
  5. cajost

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    My plan...

    ...is to send a motivational quote and a joke everyday while my daughter is at Plabe Summer. I figure this will help and will be something for her to look forward to and she can share with her company-mates.
     

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