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 Charms83
Joined: 5/2/2006
Msg: 1
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My mum's friend has a son in the Forces over in Iraq/Afghanistan and apparently they are calling out for pen pals.

My mum has kindly offered my services (which I don't mind at all).

I guess I'm just a bit concerned that either they'll all be after one thing coz they don't get much of it or that I'll become really good friends with one or two and end up worrying about them all the time (coz I'm like that, I can't help it!).

Does anyone here have or have had a pen pal in the forces? If so, did you have these concerns? How did you deal with it?

Obviously this goes for the men too coz I imagine the women out there are the same!

Any opinions, advice and help will be appreciated.
 lalby
Joined: 12/5/2005
Msg: 2
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Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 6:50:25 AM
i actually have a few pen pals in the forces,if they are after 1 thing it will become apparent pretty much straight away.
most of then just want something to ocupy thier time,and give them something to do,and it always cheers me up when i get a letter as the ones i write to are really cool n funny.
go for it you may make some good friends like i have done.
 liverchick
Joined: 5/16/2006
Msg: 3
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 6:56:25 AM
my nephew is joining up- and he is going to stay in touch via e-m. I must admit it brings what the forces are doing into sharp relief. One part of me is terrified for him, another part is proud that he is willing to defend our way of life.
he is a lovely young man, who says he is well aware of what he is stepping into, but is he?.
he is joining as a boy, and will return a man.
godspeed to him and all the other warriors, may the force be with them all.
so i would say yes, be a pal and keep reminding them what home is all about.
 Charms83
Joined: 5/2/2006
Msg: 4
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 7:11:28 AM
Thanks liverchick!

Thats why i do want to be a pen pal to as many of these guys as possible so they know we have faith in them and appreciate what they are doing.

I guess as with you and you're nephew, worrying about them comes with the territory so to speak.

Good luck and God speed to your nephew, I'm sure he'll be fine and home before you know it!
 mailorderbride!!
Joined: 10/18/2005
Msg: 5
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 7:16:10 AM
i also have many forces pen pals i have over 12 now but i find it much easier to send an e-bluey check out the sight and register they get the e-bluey within three days of posting it too

www.e-bluey.gov.uk
 Charms83
Joined: 5/2/2006
Msg: 6
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 8:49:38 AM
Is that definitley the right address mob?

I can't seem to access the page!


EDIT - Don't worry I found it!
 mailorderbride!!
Joined: 10/18/2005
Msg: 7
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 8:51:16 AM
oh charms yeah am sure that was the site but im glad you got it now, i find it much easier to write letters on there plus you can store all you address so not much fathing about, good luck!
 Lord Evil
Joined: 10/29/2005
Msg: 8
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 10:15:54 AM
Charms speaking as ex army, a lot of the lads would love to get a letter off people. As has been pointed out it will be clear pretty quickly if they are only after one thing. The e-bluey system is good as too is the BFPO (forces post office). Another thing you may like to try is to write a letter to anyone and then address the envelope just 'to a soldier'. You may be surprised at what comes back. As a few of you are aware I myself am currently in Afghanistan and I can tell you that the Internet system here is working well, but then I have to say that cos I am one of the engineers working on it, so maybe one day your letters to each other will be in real time. Good luck to any that are going to try it, go on chat to a squaddie.

Evil
 Charms83
Joined: 5/2/2006
Msg: 9
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 10:27:36 AM
I'm all signed up to E-Bluey and sent my first one to the son of my mum's friend about 5 mins ago who funnily enough is in Afghanistan too!

If there's anyone you know out there who needs someone to talk to, I'm more than happy, it'll give me something better to do than sit on my posterior all evening! lol!

Take care Evil

xxx
 georgiegirl2006
Joined: 6/12/2006
Msg: 10
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 10:30:38 AM

write a letter to anyone and then address the envelope just 'to a soldier'


That's a very good idea. Thanks Evil - I could do with a bit of excitement in my life.

And I will echo what Charms said - Take Care
 Lord Evil
Joined: 10/29/2005
Msg: 11
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 10:37:03 AM
I shall see what I can rustle up for you charms.
 Charms83
Joined: 5/2/2006
Msg: 12
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 10:40:46 AM
Not so much for me! But for the guys out there.

I want them to know we're thinking about you all and appreciate everything you're doing (even if we don't agree with the reasons behind it!)

 Sexytrish
Joined: 6/13/2006
Msg: 13
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 10:49:49 AM
Do you get to see pics of who you are writing to if you log on to E-Bluey b4 you write?
 missgp
Joined: 10/15/2004
Msg: 14
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 10:50:16 AM
i have tried that address but cant seem to get into it,would love to support our lads out there!
 Sexytrish
Joined: 6/13/2006
Msg: 15
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 10:51:23 AM
I couldnt either hun.. i just googled it and found the site...
 georgiegirl2006
Joined: 6/12/2006
Msg: 16
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 10:52:24 AM
I'm liking the "to a soldier/sailor/airman" idea.
 missgp
Joined: 10/15/2004
Msg: 17
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 10:57:55 AM
got it thanks! i agree pics are important, couple of years ago i wrote to a soldier he said he was fit and tall and looked like ally mc coist, met up after numerous letters and he was short and fat!lol!
 Lord Evil
Joined: 10/29/2005
Msg: 18
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 11:04:33 AM
Ok try this one:

To a soldier/sailor/Airman (delete as applicable)
Serving on an operational tour
C/O The MOD
London

That should then end up anywhere in the world where the boys are serving. Alternatively you could try placing an ad in soldier magazine, just search for it on the interweb. On the e bluey side you need a name and address to send to so you have to catch one of them first. Finally I do have BFPO addresses for Op Herrick (Afghanistan) but for obvious reasons I am not going to put them on here. If you want one then give me a shout and I will send it on to you. Remember girls there are over 5000 here now, what a choice.

Evil
 jack matser
Joined: 6/10/2005
Msg: 19
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 11:04:47 AM
I had a pen pal once. After many months of writing we finally met. I'd never seen her picture. Imagine my suprise when I saw a giant Bic pen walking towards me, she really was a pen.
 jt1981
Joined: 11/21/2005
Msg: 20
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/19/2006 2:26:17 PM
I had a pen pal in the army once but we lost touch. would love to have one or two again.
 poshiam
Joined: 4/12/2006
Msg: 21
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/20/2006 3:19:47 AM
mailorderbride how do you right lads i want to have set up acount asked hubbie he said ok but i do not know any lol how do i do it any one know lol
 Chocolategirl73
Joined: 4/24/2006
Msg: 22
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/20/2006 4:49:16 AM
Hey Evilweevil...send some my way hun...I'll write 2 some squaddies...

XXX
 mailorderbride!!
Joined: 10/18/2005
Msg: 23
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/20/2006 5:08:52 AM
hi posh, you need to start chatting with some guy from here maybe ask him if its ok to have his address to write to them!

once you have the address its pretty simple to add to the e-bluey site its all pretty straight forward!

good luck!
 georgiegirl2006
Joined: 6/12/2006
Msg: 24
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/20/2006 5:11:11 AM
Just been chatting to a couple of the girlies over lunch. They think it's a great idea, so there may be another few letters heading overseas before too long.
 gonefishing01
Joined: 5/15/2006
Msg: 25
Pen Pals in the Forces
Posted: 6/20/2006 6:08:47 AM
As ex air force, ladies, don't forget to write to the thousands of engineers, etc in the RAF. There are plenty of places to send blueys : Bosnia, Afganistan, Saudi, Kuwait. Pilots may have fast cars, but the banter is with the techies......

The idea of anyone sending a bluey when you are stuck in the desert is a great feeling. It doesn't mean that you even have to meet. That said its also how I was married and then divorced, so be careful!
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