To get a military pen pal for free, sign up with a nonprofit organization that connects civilians with soldiers, such as Adopt a U.S. Soldier. To adopt a service member through AAUSS, go to adoptaussoldier.org and sign up. AAUSS connects you with a service member who has requested a pen pal. It may take up to three weeks to connect with a service member. Long-term adopters commit to sending letters every week for six to 12 months.
Adopt a Platoon is another service that allows individuals to send weekly postcards or letters to military members or to larger units. Adopters can send letters to individuals or up to 20 service members. Operation Shoebox is another non-profit organization that connects civilian and military pen pals through email instead of postal mail. Sign-up is available through its website at operationshoebox.com. These organizations support service personnel from all branches of the U.S. military.
Military Cupid is a dating website that connects military personnel and civilians looking to begin a romantic relationship online. Members can write to one another using the website's messaging service. It has specialized subcategories for military men, military women and specific military branches, and it offers chat services. It is owned and operated by Cupid Media, a niche online dating network.