I need some help with people who are familiar with overseas deployment.
Last week my cousin was deployed to Afghanistan. Im proud of this kid he first when in to be just your typical Army grunt, but after getting a perfect score on his physical exam they pushed him into airborne school, followed up by Ranger school. He spent a week in Kuwait and will spend the year in Afghanistan, not a city deployment either like bumfudge middle of nowhere.
He operates out of one of the 2 last Airborne Ranger units, his unit fought in WWII, stormed the beaches of Normandy, and have been involved in every major American conflict since then. Side note: Rangers have fought in every single American war even the revolution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Rangers
But I don't know what to do.....what kind of mail can I send him?
Just a letter?
How soon will he receive it?
Is it better to just email him and wait for him to get to a PC?
Is it possible to send a package? How large?
Anyone have experience with family deployment (or any deployment in general)?
Any Rangers checking this forum?
Can any soldiers give me an idea of what life will be like on deployment? How much shite is this kid in for?
What should I do when he comes back? Give him some time? Get him shitehoused and go to the titty bars?
I told him to either put stuff up on youtube or mail me some vids, if he does ill post them.
Your cousin should be able to provide you with a mailing address so you can send him care packages. Note that it will take longer than normal to reach where his unit is stationed. They like trail mix, beef jerkey, easy snacks they can put in there pocket and eat in the field. Also send magazines to thumb through during down time. The Rangers operational tempo is different than the regular "grunts", so I don't really know how much downtime he'll have.
Email for communication will probably be much faster than snail mail unless he is stationed somewhere that's doesn't have internet connectivity.
Indeed. I've sent a few things to friends over the past few years when they were serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Just like oldmangamer mentioned, simple things like long lasting food, magazines, etc... My friends seemed to like getting the simple things to remind them of home and of course, a little different cuisine. In regard to magazines, I'm not sure of the army policy, but the magazines I sent (let's say they were "R rated") seemed to get to the guys.