Mail time is the best time!

Mail Delivery

Mail arrives at the Recruit Depot Monday through Saturday. Depending on the training schedule, there may be a few days delay getting the mail into you recruit's hand, but normally mail call is held every evening M-F. Your recruit's mail will never be held for disciplinary reasons.

All mail is routed through the only mail office on the depot. Your mail will not reach your recruit without the correct COMPANY AND PLATOON NUMBER. The mail office will see that information and sort the mail to that company and platoon. The company and platoon information will be listed on the letter your recruit sends home about 2 - 3 weeks into training. (MCRD Official Message,

Recruit Addresses:

✅ MCRD San Diego Mailing Address Sample Address
RECRUIT First Name, Last Name
#(st, nd, rd) BN “Company” Platoon ####
##### Midway Avenue
San Diego CA 92140-####

Sample Address:
1st BN Alpha Company Platoon 1000
38001 Midway Avenue
San Diego, CA. 92140-5670

✅ MCRD Parris Island Mailing Address Sample Address
RECRUIT First Name, Last Name
#(st, nd, rd) BN “Company Name” Platoon ####
PO Box #####
Parris Island, SC 29905-####

Sample Address:
1st BN Alpha Company Platoon 1000
PO Box 16945
Parris Island, SC 29905-6945

Send a post card. prints and delivers your postcard every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. First postcard is free.

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.
  • Receiving 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 MCRD 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. ©️ 2021 - The appearance of DoD visuals does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.