Overseas military mail could be delayed

| July 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Army News Service
News Release

Overseas military addresses do not need names of city, country

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Troop supporters attempting to speed mail to service members overseas by including the city, country or installation name in the address cause delays and misrouting.

The U.S. Postal Service’s automated processing equipment differentiates between domestic and foreign addresses.

Military addresses are automatically processed in the same manner as domestic mail throughout the country, postal officials said.

Mail addressed to foreign cities, countries or installation names are diverted to the international mail system. This diversion requires mail to be reprocessed, sometimes repeatedly. This procedure risks further delays because international postal services are not always familiar with the U.S. military postal system.

During a recent assessment of mail processing at the USPS Logistics and Distribution Center in New Jersey, the Military Postal Service Agency team diverted more than 20 packages, which were incorrectly addressed, back to military post offices.

“Had the MPSA staff not observed the 20 packages that were incorrectly addressed with foreign city or country names, the parcels would have been delivered to the respective overseas foreign postal administration, of which (packages may be) rifled and/or never delivered to the addressee,” said Drew Butler, transportation analyst, MPSA.

To ensure the quickest service, senders should address their letters and packages with only the service member’s name, specific military unit and complete last line of the military address. This address includes the “city” (Army/Air Force Post Office, APO; Diplomatic Post Office, DPO; or Fleet Post Office, FPO), the “state” (a two-letter abbreviation) and a five-to-nine-digit zip code.

This address allows family and friends to send letters and packages at the same manner and rate as domestic service, regardless of where service members are stationed.

Overseas mail address

Service member’s name

Specific military unit


two-digit state

Five-to-nine-digit zip code

(Editor’s Note: Information provided by the U.S. Army Human Resources Command and Military Postal Service Agency.) 


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