Basic Training Basics at Fort Leonard Wood



What's my Soldier Doing at Basic Training



What can you do now?

The most important thing you can do is start writing letters. Lots and lots of letters. It's going to take awhile for your soldier to get the letters you write, so you'll want to have them ready to send the second you get that address. We'll talk about that a bit more in depth though a bit later on.  

  • LadiesnGents

    My daughter arrived at Fort Leonard Wood for basic training two weeks ago from Jacksonville, Florida and a piece of me left with her. We have never been this far apart and I am literally walking around like a zombie. I am still waiting on that letter with her address so I can write regularly. I don’t know how I can get to the graduation in October. I can’t wait to see her.

  • Olivia Ritchie

    My hubby arrived at Ft. Leonard Wood August 19th and has gotten to write me about five or six letters. He usually gets to call every Sunday for about five-ten minutes. He was scheduled to graduate October 30th but was told he wasn’t having a graduation and had to go straight into AIT! So I still have about 130 days give or take to see him. I don’t know too much but I hope he gets at least the weekend off before AIT so I can visit! I love and miss PV2 Ritchie! He is D co. 795th MP BN 3rd platoon <3

    • Meghan

      What time do they normally call around on Sundays when they’re in basic?

      • LadiesnGents

        The times vary when they get to call. My daughter Johnson, 2nd PLT called about 5 pm today, which is Sunday. She had 5 minutes but I was so glad to hear her voice. It may depend on the number of callers and how close they are to being next caller in line.

  • Meghan

    What time do they normally call around on Sundays when they’re in basic?

  • Celeste Symmonds

    My son is a new SIT, and his cellphone broke before he could call home. he’s requesting a prepaid phone be sent to him at Ft Leonard Woods, is that allowed in basic. I don’t want to get him in trouble.

    • Amber

      I don’t think you will be able to send him that, they will confiscate it.

  • Vicki Hartzell

    My son arrived November 19 @1:12am. I got a text at 2:12am Ohio time…I’m arrived safe I love you and they are taking my phone now. Haven’t heard anything since. I don’t know what unit he’s in, where to write, or how he’s holding up. The recruiter told him because he’s a big hug not fat but tall and muscular that they would pick on him. He said the big guys and small guys the ones in between are good. So yeah as a mom and him being my baby and only son I’m worried. If I can just hear his voice or get a letter I would feel better.

  • JN

    I’m so happy to have found this website. My son’s leaves for Fort Leonard Wood on 2/23 (3 days!) We’ve been going over the site together to help relieve his concerns and know what to prepare for. Is there any sort of chat room, etc. that I haven’t been able to find for family of Soldiers to connect, ask questions, etc?

  • Renee

    Will I get the call before or after reception week?