Letters may be delayed based on quarantine and delivery time of the US Postal System. Don't be discouraged if you don't hear from your receruit consistently - they will write soon :)

  • Information provided below is adopted from Air Force BMT Command.
  • Your recruit will call during one of their few breaks and provide you with their exact address (see format at below)
  • Trainees do not have access to the Internet, e-mail, cell phones or incoming phone calls.
  • Trainees are authorized access to their personal cell phones a minimum of four times while at BMT. These opportunities will be once they arrive at the airport, by Saturday of their initial week of training to pass address information, midpoint of training during the fourth week and at the end of the seventh week of training to firm up travel arrangements with family and guests. During the other weeks of training, they will be allowed to use calling cards or make collect calls from pay phones to call family or friends. 
  • Trainee Address Information: Use the information listed below once your trainee has contacted you and provided the data required to complete his/her mailing address. Please do not send any “care packages” (i.e. food, candy, or any type of snacks), however, letters are appreciated. Questions concerning trainee address information can be answered by calling the Pfingston Center (BMT Reception Center) at (210) 671-3024 or (210) 671-2593 Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • You can send postcards three times a week, which includes an image/photo and your personal message. Postcards are a great way for family members to send quick motivational notes directly from their phone. Delivered M/W/F.

Please use the exact address provided by the recruit. If using postcards the address will automatically be added. 

AB Last, First, Middle Initial
320 TRS/ FLT XXX/ Dorm XXX
1320 Truemper St. Unit 36XXXX (Unit #)
JBSA-Lackland, TX 78236 – XXXX (Zip Extension)

AB Doe, John A.
___ TRS/FLT ___ (Dorm ____)
1320 Truemper Street Unit _______.
JBSA Lackland, TX 78236-____

Send a post card.

Letting your recruit know how much you support and love them can be tough - now you can send a weekly postcard with an inspirational photo and message.

Best Practices & Ideas

  • Number your letters -since delivery can be delayed we recommend you number your letters (both on the envelope and letter) - this will allow your recruit to read the letters in order.
  • Write frequently  - the number one inspiration and morale booster is receiving mail from loved ones. Encourage your family & friends to write a short letter or postcard to your recruit.Hand written vs. an app - Although electronic mailing apps can be convenient handwritten letters are always more meaningful to your recruit. We recommend you use various forms of letter creation based on the purpose of the message. Handwritten is best for 'heart-felt' content, where a postcard or electronic letter is best for quick motivational messages or scriptures.
  • Receicing Mail - Don't be disappointed if letters from your recruit are few and far between. Your loved one is very busy and maybe overwhelmed, especially within the first few weeks. The most important thing is to keep writing.
  • Sending stamps & envelopes - You may include a self-addressed stamped envelope and a few sheets of paper. Print out some pre-printed address labels with those of your family and a few friends so they can place it on the envelope. Please send them to basic with a roll of stamps and stack of envelopes.)
  • Pictures - Photos may be reviewed by MTI to ensure that they in good taste, i.e., no nudity, no pornography, no gang signs, no alcohol or drug-related, or profanity. We suggest that you send copies instead of original to avoid heartache should the photo get misplaced or damaged. Space is minimal, so keep the letters to a regular standard size.
  • Phone cards - Trainees are allowed to have a phone card. It's best to send it with them, but you can include this with one of your letters. They will use this in the event they have earned patio time or base liberty during BMT, including Airmen's Week. ©️ 2022 - The appearance of DoD visuals does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. 

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