Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by navy2016, Jun 25, 2012.
Are detailer actually allowed to read plebes' letters?
I believe they actually read them to the company.
Why? are you expecting any dirty letters?
The real answer is no, they are not allowed. I can see you're stressing out a little bit over this whole plebe summer thing. Relax...
Letters from a cadet at another SA.
They honestly will not care. Your privacy is respected in at least that sense.
My rec on letters is keep them "light." What your mid probably will enjoy most is the daily goings on in your lives. What are you, the parents, doing? What are siblings doing? What is happening with the neighbors? The dog or cat?
No matter how boring you think your day is, I guarantee your plebe will LOVE reading about it. My father wrote about mowing the yard, the dinner my mother cooked, how our dog hid her bones, etc. Totally mundane but a tie to a reality that I'd left behind. I treasured those letters and they kept me going on the "down days."
No one will read them other than your plebe.
As I've said before, it's much more important to write every day than to write a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. A half-page of "stuff" daily beats a 10-page epistle once a month. Write EVERY DAY. No matter how busy you are, no matter how little you think there is to say, WRITE EVERY DAY. Trust me, your plebe will appreciate it more than you will ever know.
It took me years to realize what a support my father had been (writing me every single day I was at USNA) -- and by the time I realized it, it was too late to thank him. But, as you can see, I'll never forget what he did and I only hope he knew how much it meant to me.
With the advice above being said, anything outside the envelope is fair game! So stickers, glitter, really cool nicknames (trust me, I know from personal experience) and other catchy things could draw unwanted attention.
No, the detailers will not read them.
Also, I'm advocate of writing every other day.
Every day, in my opinion, comes very close to coddling.
Separate names with a comma.