Shipping Packages During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much in a short amount of time. It has certainly changed the way many people conduct their jobs and daily lives, and as we've seen, the Marine Corps is no exception.
Recently there have been some wonderful people who are requesting permission to send packages to recruits who are soon to graduate from both depots. The intent is to send civilian clothes, shoes, cell phones, etc. in anticipation of graduation.
MarineParents.com as an organization does NOT support this action. While this is a very thoughtful gesture and it sounds like a great idea on the front side, we must consider the overall impact on the Marine Corps and whether or not it's a true necessity for our new Marines.
We know all too well how overwhelmed the military mail room can be. The difficulty in safely sorting and delivering packages and mail has only become more complicated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The recruits are restricted when it comes to shopping at the Exchange (the store on the depots), but their focus should be on training anyway. However, the new Marines who have not yet graduated are able to shop at the Exchange on the Depot and can get anything they may need at that time. The Marines at SOI, MOS schools, and in the fleet can also shop at the Exchange on their respective bases.
As far as cell phones, at this time we suggest that you buy a phone card for them instead and tuck it inside a letter. You can copy the information for the card and keep it loaded with minutes for your Marine. Otherwise, we only recommend sending letters to your soon-to-graduate recruits in boot camp. Once they get to their next phase of training at the School of Infantry, your newly-minted Marine can give you additional instructions at that time for the possibility of shipping packages to them.