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COVID-19 Restrictions Lead to Successful Recruiting at Fort McCoy

ARTICLE SOURCE: NAVY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ELIJAH G. LEINAAR Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Navy has taken great care to protect its newest recruits from the virus, establishing precautions and measures that enabled the service to graduate more than 17,000 recruits through boot camp since March. To support this mission-essential undertaking, sailors… Read More ›

Women in the Military

I had the honor of attending Officer Candidate School with Vernice Armour. Vernice is a former United States Marine Corps officer who was the first African-American female naval aviator in the Marine Corps and the first African-American female combat pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces. She flew the AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter in the… Read More ›

Just Released 2021 Graduation Schedule

RTC just released an updated 2021 Recruit Training Command Graduation Schedule.  PIR/Graduations scheduled out to March 18th, 2021 Capping ceremony (recruits’ transition to full-fledged sailors) held at the end of the, “Battle Stations 21.”  Watch a video of a typical “Capping Ceremony” at US Navy Capping Ceremony – YouTube Pass-In-Review ceremony (divisions march in formation… Read More ›

Recruit Family Bingo

Saying goodbye to your loved ones when they leave for recruit training can be challenging. But, there are some fun ways to pass the time while celebrating your recruit’s decision to join the military.  Recruit Family Bingo will keep you busy while counting off the days until graduation. You can also send your recruit a Recruit Bingo postcard… Read More ›

U.S. Capital Flag Program

The U.S. Capital flag program began in 1937 when a Member of Congress requested a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol. The program has since been extended to the general public, specifically to military servicemen and women. Flying a flag for a new service member is very popular with recruit families. I was… Read More ›

A Postcard Prayer

A question I receive from our recruit families is, “why did you start a postcard company?” And in all fairness, it is a great question, especially when a person can mail a letter for the price of a stamp. My answer is simple: to support messages of faith and hope to those who need extra… Read More ›

2021 – a Year of Connection

I was shocked that my team of veterans and active-duty spouses had to close our military travel agency due to the COVID virus six months ago. Although disappointed and a bit confused about what to do next, God blessed us with an amazing opportunity – sharing His message of hope and inspiration through postcards. Yes, postcards!… Read More ›

Are you a ‘Newbie’ to the Military?

Are you a ‘newbie’ to the military? Do you often feel overwhelmed by all the new military jargon and terminology? Don’t feel bad! The June 2020 edition of the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms has over 360 pages – and that doesn’t include the 1000s of informal acronyms and phrases service… Read More ›

Survival at Sea Training

Jump in! The water is fine. According to Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great lakes, recruits participate in a survival at sea training scenario in the USS Indianapolis Combat Training Pool as part of the hands-on learning curriculum. The training at RTC tests recruits on their war-fighting skills before they reach the fleet. Learn more about… Read More ›

Memories are Forever

Recruit boot camp may only be nine to twelve weeks, but the memories will last a lifetime. 20 plus years later, I still have the letters my mother sent to me. Mail from family and friends has proven to motivate a recruit both at boot camp and beyond.  Technology makes it easy for military service… Read More ›

4 Ways to Motivate your Service Member!

Not that I need to remind you that recruit training can be challenging. Recruits will face many unexpected challenges and difficulties but will quickly adapt and overcome them. I encourage you to communicate as much as possible – both handwritten letters and a few postcards sprinkled in. Over 20 years ago, I graduated from boot… Read More ›


It is on 10 November of every year that our Nation, our Corps and our Marines pay tribute to all the Marine Corps Birthday symbolizes. To help us celebrate the Birthday this year, we’re unveiling, for the first time ever, a brand new birthday running cadence. This Nation has a cadence born of more than… Read More ›

Christmas onboard the USS Constitution

The oldest commissioned warship afloat is the USS Constitution, which played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. She actively defended sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. When reading USS Constitution‘s early log books or journals, December 25th, as the Christmas holiday, frequently goes unremarked upon. In 1798, for instance, December… Read More ›

USS Tripoli Arrives in San Diego

The first ship I served on during my Navy journey was the USS Tripoli (LPH 10). The old girl is long gone, but has been replaced by the newest amphibious assault ship, USS Tripoli (LHA 7). I’m proud to have served on the USS Tripoli with an outstanding group of sailors and marines. The Navy’s… Read More ›

The 12-Days of Christmas at Boot Camp

The Drill Instructor may not be shouting HO, HO, HO but rest assured, the DI/RDC is the closest thing to Santa Claus (or grinch) your recruit will see this year. The new red is green camouflage, and the favorite holiday jingle is the military cadence (left, right, left). Celebrating the holidays in boot camp can… Read More ›

United States Navy Capping Ceremony

The last 24 hours of boot camp are the most anticipated and set the recruit’s final training stage. The reward is the Navy ball cap and the honor of serving our great country as a United States Sailor. Those last 24 hours go something like this: The recruit receives their final briefing from the Recruit… Read More ›

The “I am a Sailor” Call!

The most anticipated, “I am a Sailor” call, confirms that a Navy recruit has passed boot camp’s final evolution earning the title of United States Sailor. Recruit training is approximately 8 – 10 weeks long and includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms, firefighting, and shipboard damage control. There are lessons in Navy heritage and core values,… Read More ›

Holiday for the Heroes ✈️

Serendipity is one way to describe my by-chance reading of a simple social network post by a stranger in November of 2019 (😳 has it been a year?) The LinkedIn post, shared by thousands, received international news media coverage and ultimately brought over 60 active duty Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen Home for… Read More ›

“Hurry up and Wait” – there is an App for that.

When I left for Marine Corps boot camp in 1997, the Internet didn’t exist. My parents depended on sporadic scripted phone calls and letters to learn what was going on during my 12-week training. Fast-forward, a few decades (has it been that long), family and friends have a vast number of recruit training websites, social… Read More ›

My First Thanksgiving in the Navy

Before joining the United States Navy, I gathered with family and friends for a traditional Thanksgiving. For me, Thanksgiving was a time to reflect and be thankful, enjoy a hearty meal and the company of others. The following is a Sea Story about my first Thanksgiving in the Navy. On November 26th in 1971, I… Read More ›

Black Friday is Early 🥳

Double up on your postcards to send to your recruit, active-duty service member, family, and friends. Double every purchase with the Promo Code: DOUBLE. Digitally printed on 14pt glossy postcard stock Postage, printing, and delivery included Upload photo or choose from our image collections Credits never expire

A Recruit’s Thanksgiving Day Feast (and ♥️)

Mike Schultz, former Mayer of Boerne, TX, made a difference in Air Force boot camp recruits’ lives by inviting them to Thanksgiving day lunch. Mike and his wife provided a home-away-from-home for these young men and women through hugs, listening to their stories, and yes, letting them use their cell phones to call home. Mike… Read More ›

Sea Stories- My Fortune Cookie Moment

Hi! Welcome back to another installment of Sea Stories. I’m going to start at the beginning of our Navy journey. Tanner, my active-duty husband, has always been extremely bright, granted I am a little biased, but most anyone who has met him will admit he’s quite intelligent. He loves to learn. I catch him listening… Read More ›

A Postcard is Worth a Thousand Words

When my husband was in boot camp, my mom sent him a postcard from Honduras. She used a postcard for two reasons. First, she didn’t have enough to write in a letter. Second, and more importantly, to “share a piece of their trip”, this is literally what my mom wrote on the back of the… Read More ›

A Special Message from a Navy Mom!

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Jung Murphy, co-chair of the Cook Children’s Veteran’s Group, hosts a special conversation with Christel Mckinney, an employee and Navy mom.

The 5 Things Your Recruit Needs to Hear

1. How proud you are The decision to fight for our freedom is a big deal! Less than one-half of 1 percent of the US population serve in the military. Tell your recruit how proud you are for their decision to serve our great nation. 2. They aren’t forgotten In boot camp, it’s easy to… Read More ›

Sea Stories – My COVID Wedding

Hi, I’m Lynsey! I am blessed to have married my high school sweetheart, Tanner. Tanner is my best friend, my world, and holds my whole heart. He’ll never understand my love for him and how proud I am of him and all he’s done. The past year has been full of “hurry up and wait’… Read More ›

Episode 6 – Six Military Spouses

Meet some amazing women and their inspiring story of resilience. Before their husbands left for boot camp, they were strangers. Now, they laugh and cry together, building a lifelong bond. I was beyond honored to hear their stories of raw emotions and gut determination to overcome adversity.

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