Just found out that my son is on Ship 7 Div 259. USS Chicago. Anyone else? My husband thinks maybe we should wait on writing a few days or until we get a letter from him because someone on NavyDads got the address from the recruiter and the SR didn't get the letters. Any advice? Does anyone know when the letter comes with the PIR date on it?
If you choose to write before getting the Ofiicial Form letter, be sure to double-check the address against those at http://bootcamp.navy.mil/contact_recruit.asp becuse sometimes Recruiters give a generic address for the RTC and if the street address is not correct, then it can delay letters to your SR. They also sometimes give more info than is needed. Know that recruits do not receive mail until they have completed P-days and are in their ship and a Recruit Mail Petty Officer (MPO) is trained. We have noted before that those who had family members write before receiving the letter received mail for the first time on the same day or only a day before those who had family members who waited for the form letter before writing.
The form letter usually comes sometime in the first 3 weeks after the recruit arrives at the RTC--some get it pretty quickly and others take a little longer. It all depends on how quickly he division forms.
Your SR's address is:
SR, Last Name, First Name, Middle initial
Ship 7, Division 259
Recruit Training Command
3405 Sailor Drive
Great Lakes ILL 60088
You do not need to put USS Chicago in the address, but if your SR uses it when writing, then do add it. You can also write RTC rather than Recruit Training Command.
Ok, that is exactly the address his recruiter gave me except for the RTC line. I sent one letter and will wait for the PIR letter. Thanks for the info.
I still haven't gotten my letter yet either & my son arrived 6/20, from what others have said on here its better to wait to send your letters. I have written to him just about everyday since he left & I will feel so much better when I get that letter. I know he is ok, & somewhere at RTC, just not knowing where he is exactly is bothering me.
This is the beginning of NOT KNOWING WHERE HE/SHE IS. Get use to it, moms. I am sure they are OK. You would hear otherwise. Find your "projected" PIR groups - bond with the other members. Vent (it's OK). Cry (that is OK too). But no pouting. :)