Sending Letters to Boot Camp & Basic Training over the Holidays

Be aware of how holiday work and training schedules impact mail to service members.

Make sure your mail gets delivered over the Holidays.

We have contacted mail rooms across the country to ensure that you can get your mail to your servicemembers as quickly and efficiently as possible during the Holidays.

holidays schedule impact on letters mailed to basic training boot camp recruit training

If you are sending mail to MCRD San Diego, MCRD Parris Island, or JBSA Lackland, check below for details on their closures. All other bases or locations are following USPS holiday hours, and may be delayed. You can find details on USPS hours here. (Please note USPS can take from 2-10 days to deliver letters during normal operations. Over the Holidays, this may double).

Keep sending mail to your loved one over the Holidays, even if you do not receive regular replies. From our experience, replies from your loved ones can take up to two weeks to get back to you as they reply via USPS.

MCRD San Diego – Letters sent before 5 p.m. EST on Thursday Dec. 22nd 2016 using Sandboxx will be delivered to your Recruit on Friday the 23rd. After that, the San Diego mail room will be closed until Tuesday Dec. 27th. We will resume printing letters on Monday Dec. 26th in order to get your letters to your Recruit on the 27th when the mail room re-opens.

The New Years Holiday Schedule is similar. Letters sent before 5 p.m. EST on Thursday Dec. 29th using Sandboxx will be delivered to your Recruit on Friday Dec. 30th. We will resume printing letters on Tuesday Jan. 3rd 2017 to get your letters to your Recruit on the 4th when the mail room reopens. If sending via USPS, please add an extra 7 days to the times above.

MCRD Parris Island – Letters sent before 5 p.m. EST on Thursday Dec. 22nd 2016 using Sandboxx will be delivered to your Recruit on Friday the 23rd.  After that, the Parris Island mail room will be closed until Tuesday 27 Dec. 2016. We will resume printing letters on Monday the 26th of Dec. to get the letters over the Holiday to your Recruit on the 27th when the mail room reopens.

UPDATE: The mail room at Parris Island informed us that they will not be open Friday, December 30th. This is an update to the previously published schedule.

Letters sent before 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday Dec. 28th (today) using Sandboxx are scheduled to be delivered before the mail room closes for New Year’s. Any letters sent after 5 p.m. today will be shipped on the 2nd to arrive when the mail room reopens on the 3rd of January.

Reminder – Sandboxx relies on FedEx and the USPS for round trip delivery. Both organizations do their best to deliver on time. While they are 99.9% reliable, their operations are put under additional pressure during the Holidays and delays can occur.

JBSA Lackland – Letters sent before 5 p.m. EST on Thursday Dec. 22nd 2016 using Sandboxx will be delivered to your Future Airman on Friday the 23rd.  After that, the Lackland mail room will be closed until Tuesday 27th Dec. 2016. We will resume printing letters on Monday the 26th of Dec. to get the letters over the Holiday to your Recruit on the 27th when the mail room reopens.

The New Years Holiday Schedule is similar. Letters sent before 5 p.m. EST on Thursday Dec. 29th using Sandboxx will be delivered to your Future Airman on Friday Dec. 30th. We will resume printing letters on Tuesday Jan. 3rd 2017 to get your letters to your Future Airmen on the 4th when the mail room reopens. If sending via USPS, please add an extra 7 days to the times above.

Sandboxx is a mobile app that enables those in uniform and their families stay connected like never before possible. Servicemembers, veterans, reservists and recruits can use Sandboxx Units to stay in touch with all those they have or will serve with. Sandboxx Letters continues the mission by giving loved ones the ability to send physical mail to those in basic training, boot camp or on deployment. Join the Sandboxx community here.

  1. Thank you for the update! Always a pleasure and your service is well appreciated!

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  2. Laconia A. Shorts December 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you so much, for the FYI. “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” to you’ll.

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  3. Thank you

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  4. Thank you for the information. I’m new to all of this.

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  5. We appreciate your taking the time to spell all this out for us!! We are new to the Sandboxx Platform and want you to know we are so grateful to have access to it while our son is in USMC Boot since 12/5!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of you!!
    Mike & Karen Rea

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  6. Thanks so much for the info. Love Sandbox! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the best of Holidays!

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  7. Thank you for the updates , it’s very appprecisted.

    Happy Holiday’s

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    1. The Randall's family December 22, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you for the updates. It is greatly appreciated.

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  8. Thanks for the speedy update – Sandboxx Team always on top of it…

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