In the past at OCS, candidates and their families have been totally separated, unable to communicate except through physical USPS mail. That distance and separation have been slowly chipped away over the years due to technology and evolving traditions. Previous Changes Some time ago, Liberty periods enable candidates to call home on many weekends. In recent years, the mobile app Sandboxx enables families to quickly … Continue reading iPads at Marine Corps OCS (and MCRD, too): Crazy Experiment or Great Idea?
Your OCS letters are a memorable source of encouragement and escape that you’ll likely save for years to come. Encourage your friends and family to write via mail or Sandboxx, but be careful about care packages or snacks. Rules on receiving those vary by unit. Our thanks to Marine Captain Jeremiah for sharing his personal story, originally appearing on the Sandboxx blog here. Military life can be … Continue reading Guest post: “My Dad’s Letters”
Courtesy of the Marine Corps Training Command Officer Candidates School website These would apply whether you are sending traditional mail or the new officially-sanctioned military mailing app Sandboxx. Continue reading Official Dos and Don’ts of Sending Mail to OCS
For both candidates and deployed Marines, there are few bright spots to cheer them during the trials they undergo. However, one of the happiest traditional events at OCS, Recruit Training, or overseas is Mail Call. Especially in today’s hyper-connected world, to be without one’s cell phone or any internet access really emphasizes the loneliness. Now a team of former Marines has created a new startup aimed in … Continue reading For Families: Send Mail to Your Candidates and Marines With Sandboxx