Support The Troops

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by tomahawk6, Sep 21, 2006.

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  1. Read a post today about British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are not getting much mail. The US has a Any Soldier mail program and the Canadians have started "adopting" soldiers to mail letters and care packages from home. This type of program can really boost morale and show the troops that people care.

    British Soldier
    c/o G1 Branch
    HQ MultiNational Div (SE)
    Basra, BFPO 641

    And for a British soldier in Afghanistan:

    British Soldier
    c/o G1 Branch
    HQ Helmand Province Task Force
    Camp Bastion, BFPO 792.t
  2. Thanks for posting this T6
  3. T6,

    I don't think our lot do "any soldier" packages due to the terrorist threat.

    People trying to send stuff may have it returned.

    You may want to check this before you go any further.
  4. letters or post cards will not go amiss though - I'm going to try to get 300 000 Shanghai college girls to send some.
  5. I'd still check.

    Postcards can be used to gain info (home addresses etc - remember that PWRR Sgt whose home address was found at the home of a suspected fundamentalist) and lettets can be used to send "mystery powders".
  6. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Hey - do you want my address too? :p :p
  7. So is it safe or not? I know a few ladies who would oblige for a good cause.
  8. I have overflow address should Auld Yin postbag get to full, or should that be too Empty!!
  9. Does no one remember but a few years back when Telic started? It was done all the time, our squadron used to get letters by the sackful and other goodies that people had managed to blag for free from companies (porn, mostly).
  10. Tell them to go through one of the major tabloids - they'll pass on the names of those who asked for Forces Pen friends.
  11. On Telic II we recived shoe boxes off people, sweets, razors etc, church groups I think, must be due to lack of porn or even a lads mag, but well appreciated all the same
  12. Contacted the MOD at the beginning of last year about sending parcels/mail out to ANY SOLDIER in the gulf. Their response was no parcels as a potential terrorist threat & no mail as they get all they want from family & friends, stranger mail was neither wanted or needed by serving soldiers.
  13. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    I think MOD have a drama with packages being sent to 'any soldier', partly because of the potential for them to contain all manner of unpleasantness, whether it be stuff that goes bang or food that can go out of date before it reaches the soldier (and that's NAAFI's job), but above all because parcels under 2kg are free, and they will have to pay.
  14. Managed to find a named soldier (husband of someone I work with), he got the M&S goody boxes. Would have thought that one of the service charities would take up the cause to keep front line troops supplied with goody boxes from caring civvies.
  15. So 300 000 Shanghai lovelies sending amateur ‘comfort’ Polaroids to ‘bwave ingerlish soldiers' with only PRC return address would be a breach of security?
    And would be distained by the lads in the field who are basking in the magnificent support and comfort lavished upon them by a grateful Government?