Top 6 Photos to Send Recruits at Basic Training & Boot Camp

Families can send messages and photos from the Sandboxx app to service members and recruits who are off-the-grid without their phones. Just type your message on the app, add a photo and hit send. We’ll print and send your letter and include a stamped, addressed return envelope. 

Last week on Sandboxx, a mother of a new recruit asked what kind of photos she should send her son. She wanted to keep him motivated and keep his spirits up. We decided to ask some new Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coasties what they liked to receive the most from family and friends.

What they said:

1. Pet Photos

The number one response that we received was pictures of their animals.


2. Selfies

An advantage of Sandboxx is that you can send photos from anywhere, anytime. Perfect for sending vacation selfies!


3. Family photos

Recruits like knowing that they haven’t been forgotten by the rest of the family.


4. Inspirational Quotes

It goes without saying that basic training can be stressful. It’s important to encourage recruits and send them motivation.


5. Some humor….


6. That the civilian-world isn’t really that exciting…

(This is actually a photo from our first office)


All of our recently graduated service members made the same comment – the most important thing is remembering to write. The photos are just the bonus!

Sandboxx is an app for service members, recruits, their families and supporters. It was created by two Marines and a Marine father who wanted to make it easier to stay in touch with family when off-the-grid without a phone and with units when they were back home. Download Sandboxx free.


Connecting service members to their loved ones, to each other, & to expert military knowledge, Sandboxx illuminates the entire military.

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