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Re: BMQ / BMOQ - Mail, Care Packages ect... [MERGED]
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2005, 11:00:32 »
Hi ArmyMom! I have been wondering about all that too. We dropped my husband off at Union train station in Toronto on Sunday April 10th. He is NCM Reg Force Infantry. I have heard from him 3x so far =) He said he wrote me a letter but since they aren't allowed to leave yet he can't get any stamps. So far I have mailed 2 letters. The second letter I put a phone card and a bunch of stamps. I'm sure he will be happy to be able to send his letters now. He is really enjoying it there. He said 2 or 3 guys left the first 2 days. Also another 2 guys didn't finish their assignment and now the whole platoon must write an essay on why it is important to hand things in on time.He said the food has been great as well. He is going to be 26 on May 24th and I was looking for some suggestions on what to send to him? He's not interested in cars or anything like that. Can anyone help me out here cause I have no clue what to buy him. I read the boards everyday and I really enjoy it. There is alot of good info here. =) :cdn:

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Re: BMQ / BMOQ - Mail, Care Packages ect... [MERGED]
« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2005, 11:06:12 »
Cool Sunglasses  8) That's one of my favorite gifts (oh and safe to keep said cool sunglasses in) I wouldn't send anything too valuable, things grow legs around there. Gifts are such individual things that it's hard to say, it's going to get warm there and he will have some time off, so some cool summer clothing (civilian) would be nice. Just a thought!
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« Reply #27 on: April 19, 2005, 11:22:09 »
Thanks for the reply Island! Very good idea! I will get him a nice pair of sunglasses and a case or whatever to put them in. We have a 2 and a half year old daughter and if anyone here has young children what would be a good gift to buy from her? I will send a Birthday card from her and I'm looking for something that will make him really happy from our little one. I've never been great at the gift thing lol. So after 4 weeks they can wear shorts on weekends? That's also a good idea. =)

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Re: BMQ / BMOQ - Mail, Care Packages ect... [MERGED]
« Reply #28 on: April 19, 2005, 11:50:42 »
Best gift you could give would maybe be a Picture of your daughter with a little sign that says something Like I love you Daddy or Miss you daddy....

I was in Kabul over Christmas and the best gift I got was little 2 or 3 minute video messages from my little nieces and nephews and the rest of my family....damn near made me cry in the computer cubicle, actually had to turn them off for a sec to composse myself, it meant the absolute world to me.
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Re: BMQ / BMOQ - Mail, Care Packages ect... [MERGED]
« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2005, 16:09:34 »
Armywife maybe you could send him money if he didn't take any with him. Also a kind of irrelevant point but he has the same birthday as me!
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« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2005, 18:44:47 »
Well Happy Early Birthday to you civvy =) He brought 120.00 with him and the cab ride to the school was split between the 5 guys so that only cost him 20. He also received a pay advance of 220 that everyone gets so I think he's good for awhile as they can't leave the base until the 4th weekend. I clicked on the link on here for the army gear store and they have some pretty good stuff. I'm thinking of purchasing a few things from it. Hmmm... maybe I will develop one of the 20 rolls of film we have sitting here and send him some new pics =) Thanks for responding guys, I appreciate it.  ;D

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« Reply #31 on: April 19, 2005, 18:54:32 »
So I guess he's set!
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« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2005, 18:58:58 »
Army wife,  I have two sweet little girls and I can tell you that the best thing I got on course was anything that they made. It does'nt mater how it looks as long as I know they made it just for daddy.  (Keep that one in mind especialy on his first overseas tour). Good luck to you and yours.  :salute:
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Re: BMQ / BMOQ - Mail, Care Packages ect... [MERGED]
« Reply #33 on: April 21, 2005, 09:02:04 »
Army Wife another great thing you could do is get a extra large piece of paper and have your daughter do 2 hand prints one on each side of the paper and put the words " I love your this much " or  " This paper contains a hug"  that will make any fathers day or macaroni neckless or something along those lines. pictures are great and just words of support.
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« Reply #34 on: June 24, 2014, 20:18:38 »
Hi Folks

The Canadian Forces marks that start of my first full-time job. Since I have been in school for the past two years  getting mail has been a very straight forward process for me. With this new career I need to switch my mailing address from school and need a new address to provide the various banks and phone carriers I will be using during BMQ and into my career. Since I have attended university in the United States I have to open a Canadian bank account and get a Canadian cell phone etc.  The problem is, I have no address to provide them because I do not have a place of residence in Canada of my own.

I am wondering three things:

1) Would it be frowned upon to put my address as St. Jean and have my bills and mail sent there. Then switching my address accordingly as I move across the country from training posts to my final posting?

2) What have others done in a similar situation as me? - I have thought of opening a post office box with Canada Post; but would like to avoid the fees they charge.

3) Would it be okay if mail was sent to St. Jean before my arrival?

Thanks

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« Reply #35 on: June 25, 2014, 19:51:36 »
You can definatley send mail to bmq at St.  Jean. Just be prepared to do some pushups for whatever it is you receive. My staff charge 20 for letters and 40 for packages ;) have fun

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« Reply #36 on: June 25, 2014, 21:00:06 »
What mail are you expecting to receive? Get a data plan for your phone, switch to electronic billing, and pay everything online.

After BMQ you will be posted to a base for PAT, where depends on your trade. If your wait is long enough you may end up at another base for OJT or tasked elsewhere to fill general duties tasking slots. At some point you will be sent to a different base for BMQ-L, NETP or an Air Force course depending on your element. Eventually you will start your trades training, perhaps at the base you were waiting in but even if that is true you will move to a different building and have a new CoC, thus another new address.

If you think through all those changes in address, important mail such as bills will arrive in a timely manner, or even at all, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

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« Reply #37 on: June 25, 2014, 21:12:45 »
Thanks Ludoc and Joecrack, both of you provided helpful answers. I'll make a game plan accordingly.

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« Reply #38 on: June 26, 2014, 08:19:59 »
Sorry for hijacking thread but how do you actually get paid at BMQ , I don't remember them asking me any bank account information.
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Re: BMQ / BMOQ - Mail, Care Packages ect... [MERGED]
« Reply #39 on: June 26, 2014, 08:30:57 »
Sorry for hijacking thread but how do you actually get paid at BMQ , I don't remember them asking me any bank account information.

The CF does direct deposit into your bank account. If you have not given your bank account info bring along a void cheque or something with all your bank account info, eventually someone will ask for it.
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« Reply #40 on: March 03, 2016, 16:15:14 »
Just wondering if someone could clear this up for me, are there rules against receiving letters during basic? Nothing naughty, or anything inside them either, so no money or candy etc. Just regular letters.

Any info would be appreciated!

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« Reply #41 on: March 03, 2016, 16:47:32 »
Not at all.  Letters are allowed and much appreciated - as are boxes of homemade cookies...
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« Reply #42 on: March 03, 2016, 17:18:06 »
And always, always, always include several photographs that you would never in a million years expect to be shared with coursemates. Those, too, are always appreciated.

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« Reply #43 on: March 03, 2016, 17:19:17 »
That's what SnapChat is for.
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« Reply #44 on: March 03, 2016, 18:07:07 »
And always, always, always include several photographs that you would never in a million years expect to be shared with coursemates. Those, too, are always appreciated.

Yes, and send duplicates in case they get distributed or posted lost or damaged!
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« Reply #45 on: March 04, 2016, 10:16:12 »
The School Staff are always happy to keep those lovely letters flowing to the students to keep their morale up.      :facepalm:

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« Reply #46 on: March 04, 2016, 10:58:33 »
My nephew just graduated from his recruit course.  A few of the candidates had photos of his girlfriend in the required-to-fill picture frame on their desks.   ;D

You'll find today that more people are accustomed to email, but nothing beats receiving a physical letter in the mail.  Packages may also be opened in the presence of course staff to ensure nothing is coming in that shouldn't be coming in.
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« Reply #47 on: February 16, 2017, 01:22:51 »
Hi there,
I want to send a care package to my partner who's currently in Montreal for basic training.
May I know if snacks are allowed or would they be confiscated?
Thanks so much in advanced!

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« Reply #48 on: February 16, 2017, 02:55:43 »
The snacks would most likely be shared with the entire platoon right after receiving the package, as it is very team orientated. If this isn't the case, it will most likely be placed into civvie lockup until they're on their weekends. In my experience, I'd suggest just sending toonies or something for the vending machines as those can get pretty rare or you could risk putting a 20 in a machine and not getting anything back lol.
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Re: BMQ / BMOQ - Mail, Care Packages ect... [MERGED]
« Reply #49 on: February 16, 2017, 03:14:49 »
Hi there,
I want to send a care package to my partner who's currently in Montreal for basic training.
May I know if snacks are allowed or would they be confiscated?
Thanks so much in advanced!

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They'll have to earn those snacks, usually through push ups and only then will they get them if there is enough for everyone.

Don't send anything with high sugar or fat content. The healthier the better.

Probably best to just send them a card, a letter, something a little more personal and will help their morale rather than their stomach... They're well taken care of out there. That's just my opinion though.
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