Although it isn't the same as face-to-face communication, cadets on Sea Term 2020 have had the opportunity to send daily emails to family and friends and call them on weekends in port.
This was not the case during Sea Term 1963, Sea Term 1968, and Sea Term 1972. Back then, communication required pen, paper, and stamps.
Here's what cadets had to say about communication "way back when"...
Sea Term 1963
“After ten days at sea, mail and words from home as well as the good old “green stuff” were the main concern of many. To the disappointment of middies, the mail expected wasn’t the mail received.”
Sea Term 1968
“…and of course the weekly ritual of, ‘Dear Mom and Dad, I know you said I was taking too much money with me, and I really don’t know where it’s all gone to, but do you think you could…?’”
Sea Term 1972
“We returned to the states via Port Canaveral…Most of us spent our time there writing home, in most cases for the first time since leaving B. Bay.”