Questions regarding Stamps and Mail

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  1. kumano

    kumano New Member

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    Hey there,

    I am a cadet in the class of 2015. I have heard that anyone sending me mail this summer would have to use an American flag stamp and though it would be appreciated, is it absolutely neccessary? Someone told me if it wasn't a flag stamp I would have to do pushups for my letters. Is this true?

    Additionally, does anyone know if we recieve stationery and pens and such? I was curious if anyone knew anything about this.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    No, they can use whatever stamps the USPS will accept. Stationary, pens, and pencils are issued.

    Also, don't give yourself a title before it is official. You are not a cadet yet. "Will be a cadet" works, but "am" does not.
     
  3. AHS74

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    My daughter gets mail from the Academy addressed to Cadet ____. She is the class of 2015.
     
  4. kumano

    kumano New Member

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    My apologies. I did not mean to grant myself a title. I knew about that concept and glanced over it when proofreeding. I will not be so careless in the future. Thanks for the answer.
     
  5. falcongirl

    falcongirl USAFA grad

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    Make sure letters are addressed "Basic Cadet ______". Raimius is correct, your daughter is not a "Cadet" until she is accepted by the cadet wing in August. If the Cadre see an envelope adressed "Cadet", they may decide that warrants special attention.

    It does not matter what stamps you use. My class was issued Air Force stationary, lots of stamps, and pens. The post office will likely have a stamp booth outside Doolittle Hall, but unless you plan to write about 40 letters in Basic, the issued stamps will be plenty. :thumb:
     
  6. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    For extra special attention from the cadre, have your friends and family send letters in hot pink envelopes , with lots of hearts all over them. And consider, even, putting "Great Cadet X" or "Best Cadet" on the envelope. That ought to make your BASIC CADET feel just marvy at mail time.
     
  7. falcongirl

    falcongirl USAFA grad

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    For even more attention, send that stuff if fencersmother's son is your cadre. Word on the strips is he's a Flight Commander! :shake:
     
  8. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Correct Falcongirl! I just didn't want to scare our poor BASIC CADETS off! ;)
     
  9. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    It's not a huge deal when people know what you mean. The sad fact is there are always those who like to grant themselves a title before they earn it (or sometimes even though they never will). I've seen a few cadets and appointees talk a little bit too assuredly about their futures and get in trouble for it. For example, "Mars boy" had quite an article in his local paper describing his future plans to excel at USAFA, walk on Mars, etc. When he showed up on I-day, most of the cadre knew who he was (NOT a good thing!).
     
  10. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Raimius, I remember Marsboy's article and all the hoopla! Is he still at USAFA?
     
  11. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    No. He was disenrolled, I believe for academics, after his first semester.
     
  12. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    I'm wearing my mean hat now. Can you guess my thoughts?
     
  13. Derrick

    Derrick USAFA Class of 2015

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    How often do we get to send/check our mail during BCT? And I've heard that our cadre read our mail aloud. I wouldn't be surprised, but I was curious if this was true.

    Derrick
     
  14. kikoman

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    That is against the law...
     
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    What is ?
     
  16. kikoman

    kikoman Member

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    Reading mail that isn't addressed to you.
     
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    Reading or opening?
     
  18. 2011's Mom

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    I actually think the law is you cannot OPEN mail not addressed to you without permission from the addressee.
     
  19. Ben014

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    Correct, and the word on the street is that if you are sent a postcard (meaning there is no opening to be done) they will read it aloud for everyone to hear.
     
  20. Rage_14

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    My cadre never read any of our mail. We were not allowed to open our mail though until they felt the envelope to check for any contraband. I don't think you will have to worry about anyone reading your mail, even a post card. We did however have one guy get a singing card that played the LSU fight song, so maybe you want to avoid something like that to avoid any extra attention, but on that note, don't let your cadre know when your birthday is. It might earn you and the other basics in your flight a little extra attention :rolleyes:
     

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