Become a soldier's pen pal by joining pen pal organizations that introduce letter writers and soldiers to each other or by participating in military forums on social media that carry posts from military servicemen looking for pen pals. Troops often spend extended time overseas, and pen pals ease the loneliness.
Adopt a U.S. Soldier and Adopt a Platoon are examples of volunteer organizations that match soldiers and letter writers. Participants typically register and agree to keep the soldier's information and mission confidential for security reasons. Once the registration is accepted, the organization provides the letter writer the soldier's contact information to write directly.
Military forums, such as Military.com, post requests for pen pals from soldiers so that letter writers may respond to these requests directly. Letter writers may also post their own requests for soldier pen pals.
Internet sites such as SoldierPenPals.net, MilitaryPenPal.Tripod.com and InternationalPenPal.com also connect letter writers to soldiers. SoldierPenPals.net offers free basic memberships and is a dating site, while MilitaryPenPal and InternationalPenPal are volunteer organizations.