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, head immediately to an online print shop
an online print shop
and order labels if you don’t have a printer. I got mine at Amazon. I added a link for you.
If you can make your own labels, do. 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 doesn’t matter where you order your labels, I actually order mine from a wedding type store online, they’re pretty, they’re functional, and they’re cheap. Nuff said. You can check them out here, search for address labels on the site.
How often do soldiers get mail at Fort Jackson?
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
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 Battillion 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.
Some things that you might do to brighten up your soldier’s and your own day include, decorating envelopes and stationary. Adding stickers and other fun things to your letters. Care packages are also very popular!
Letters from Students and other Community Members
I seriously carry a notebook, evenlopes, and stationary in a folder with me everywhere that I go. 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.