Week Five Survey for Soldiers in Basic Training

Survey Letters for Soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood

Week Five!!! Half way through basic training! Congratulations! Here's your survey for the week!

We've created these survey's using input from families that have been generous with their ideas to coincide with some of the activities that go on on base, don't worry if you're not sending them exactly during the week they were written for we realize that you won't even have a mailing address by the first week.

Survey's by Week

Week One Survey
Week Two Survey
Week Three Survey
Week Four Survey

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Each of the survey's that have been created for our Fort Leonard Wood families are completely editable. You have our permission to change them and reuse them however you like. We've added downloadable Microsoft Word versions of each one for your convenience. Just click the link above to download the .docx version of the file. While you wait to get your survey back in the mail, check out this blog post for some ideas as to what might go on during Basic Training in Week 5 at Fort Leonard Wood.

Gifts for Soldiers in Basic Training, Graduating and Pre-Deployment

Care Packages for Charlie Co. 3rd BN 10th Infantry

GUIDELINES FOR Charlie Co. 3rd BN 10th IN MAIL:

Items the soldiers can not have

  • No candy in care packages to fort leonard wood bctFood
  • Candy
  • Magazines or Newspapers
  • Cartoon Clippings
  • Games or Crossword Puzzles Etc.
  • Medication (They get that on base)
  • Supplements
  • T-shirts

Items you CAN include in care packages to soldiers in C co. 3rd BN 10th IN

  • Postage Stamps
  • Notebook Paper
  • An Address Book
  • A Cell Phone and/or Charger
  • DD Batteries
  • White Crew Cut Socks (NO Colored or Tube Socks)
  • Pens and/or Pencils
  • Personal Hygiene Products (Fragrance Free)
  • Cough Drops (Since they can’t have candy, these are REALLY popular)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Pictures (No Pornography/ No Alcohol/ No Drugs)
  • Address Labels

Soldiers at Ft. Leonard Wood have access to health care, as well as a store. They’re given an advance on their pay when they arrive so that they can take care of any of their immanent needs.

The above information was last updated in Spring/2013. To make sure it’s current, check the note on the units Facebook Page.

Keep in mind that soldiers in this unit may have to do additional push-ups for each letter they receive, by all means, don’t let that discourage you from writing, write every single day, sometimes three times, but use that paper wisely, and make those letters count! Imagine what strong arms your soldier will soon have as well!

Fun Mail ideas for Basic Training Mom’s, Dads, Wives, Husbands . . . and Cats.

The very 1st letter I received from my SIT was on paper that was provided to her to keep notes in a class of some sort that she was attending her 1st week of basic. The best thing about this letter was hearing she was okay, that she was happy, and that she loved me. Then there was that blessed envelope, and it’s forwarding address that told me how to get a letter my daughter while she was at BCT at Fort Leonard Wood. It basically said “Mom I love you, I’m supposed to be taking notes.. I’m fine, I’m happy.. ” etc. 100 words tops. Just for your reference, I looked down at the word counter on this article, what you’ve read this far of this article is about 100 words. It was shorter.

SIT’s aren’t given a ton of time to write home, in fact, early on they’re barely given any at all. But we still want answers don’t we? Amen!

Check out this survey idea from MsABCT:

I’ve arrived! I feel like I’m at Summer Camp ___ Band Camp ___ Lost in the Twilight Zone ____

My DS Yells more than Mom ____ Dad _____ Other _____________

But he/she reminds me of ________________________ on a good day ____ a bad day ____

My Battle Buddies are Nice ______ Funny ______ Strange _____ Scary _________ Don’t ask ________

I like the food better ______ it’s something to eat ______ ughhh _______

My bed is too small _____ too big _____ just right _______

The guy next to me has good hygiene ______ bad hygiene _______ we all stink so it doesn’t matter _______

I’m OK ____ I’ll survive _____ it’s tough but I’m hanging in ________ Can you break me out _____?

Before I left, I forget to do ________________________________

and I forgot to tell you ___________________________________

Have fun with your SIT…

Meanwhile do you remember I told you I wanted to make some changes with house ____ myself ____ other ___ ?

Well guess what I did? I _______________________ and I love it ____ should have waited ______ still deciding ___

Be loving with your SIT…

The first thing I did was _________

I can’t wait to see you ________

(insert your own) ___________

The writer also advises that you send a self-addressed stamped envelope, GOOD ADVICE I never thought of that!

The next article reminds us that our soldier’s miss their pets, and suggests that we make sure the pets send letters as well! LOL :).

Here’s an excerpt:

 

Here is one from our own Admin Cyndi Baweck.:

Fetti is our house rabbit, Porky is the cat.

It’s Fetti. . . yeah, yeah I know. I’ll give you a minute to get over the shock. . . . . . . . . . you good?

Anyway, I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen you around for awhile. Mom says you’re at Basic Training. Really? You’re kind of big to not know the basics of training. Poop in the litter box, don’t chew on the furniture, and don’t chase the cat. Stop laughing, her smacking me in the eye doesn’t make her tough, just grumpy.

There are a lot of other fun articles by this particular Facebook Page, so be sure to check them out!

 

Mail and Sending Letters to Soldier’s at Fort Leonard Wood



There’s no way of knowing your soldier’s mailing address until you get that 1st letter from them. If I can make a recommendation, as soon as you do learn their address, print a couple sheets of mailing labels. I got mine at Amazon.   Once you’ve got your hands on those mailing labels, do your soldier a favor and mail them about three dozen. That address is a pain in the butt. It’s also a good idea to send your soldier labels with YOUR address on them. They don’t have tons of time. Better they spend it writing you than addressing silly envelopes. I also made fun PhotoStamps  for my daughter. The stamp choice seems so silly right?! But she loved it. She loved seeing what different stamps I would use even when I just bought some at the post office. Oddly she didn’t like when I used the patriotic stamps from the Post Office. I guess she had enough Army in her life being at boot camp.

How often do soldiers get mail at Fort Leonard Wood?

That being said, as a guideline it can take mail  anywhere from 7 to  9 days to reach  the hands of your Soldier. This is based on mailing time, and can vary plenty depending on what they’re doing. For instance, they go camping out in the wilderness, with tarps, and no tents. I don’t know for sure, but my guess is they don’t get mail that 2-4 day span. Other delays include holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Veterans day and any other day that either the military, or the post office get off. Here’s a little excerpt from the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook Page:

We pick-up and deliver mail each day the post office is open – withholding mail is a federal offense. The Fort Leonard Wood post office is small considering it caters to over 16,000 Soldiers and their families. It’s not uncommon for a Soldier to go a week or two without getting any mail and then get a bunch of letters in one day.

Here’s a little tip from a Fort Leonard Wood mom… Your soldier probably doesn’t realize that fact, and it wouldn’t be a bad thing for you to include it in a letter. They get very very lonely and it doesn’t take long at all for them to start feeling abandoned.



Addressing Letters to Ft. Leonard Wood Soldiers in Basic Training

Letters are addressed like this:

PVT Doe, Jane R. _E__ COMPANY, 1/48TH IN BN Platoon (#) 495 IOWA AVENUE, UNIT # (13 for A Co, 23 for B Co, 33 for C Co, 43 for D Co, 53 for E Co, and 63 for F Co) FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO 65473-8958

So to mail your soldier you’ll need:

  • Their company, for instance, my daughter is in E Co.
  • Your soldier’s battalion, my daughters battalion is the 1/48th as you see above.
  • Then you’ll need their Unit #, my daughter’s in E Co. so her unit number is #53.
  • Everyone in the 1/48th Battalion is at 495 Iowa. So with that information I was set.

If your soldier gets Sunday calls, get their address from them during that first call. If not, you’ll have to wait a couple of weeks until they send you a letter with their address and mailing instructions. Mail Ideas: Some things that you might do to brighten up your soldier’s and your own day include, decorating envelopes and stationery. Adding stickers and other fun things to your letters. Care packages are also very popular! I, and a lot of moms in the Facebook group, and new forums, have had a lot of success with surveys! They’re fun, they get soldiers that normally don’t talk talking, and they don’t take much time. Letters from Students and other Community Members I seriously carried a notebook, envelopes, stamps, and stationary in a folder with me everywhere that I went so that I could hit up friends and family for letters, post cards and notes while she was away. A teacher in the Mothers of Children Serving in the Military group actually had her entire class write to a different soldier each week during basic training. How amazing must it have been to receive letters from an entire class! If your soldier seems down, hit up the elementary schools in your area, see if there’s a teacher who wouldn’t mind letting the kids make cards, or paint a picture, or write a letter for your soldier.