New Requirements for Overseas Military Mail

Is your sailor deploying overseas? If so, you will need to follow these new requirements when sending them care packages or mail!

New Requirements for Letter Mail to Overseas Bases

SINGAPORE (Dec. 12, 2011) Sailors and Marines move mail onto the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during a planned stop in Singapore. Makin Island is on its maiden deployment and conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of the Navy's Maritime Strategy. Makin Island is the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship and the only U.S. Navy ship with a hybrid electric propulsion system. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mckee/Released)

SINGAPORE (Dec. 12, 2011) Sailors and Marines move mail onto the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during a planned stop in Singapore. Makin Island is on its maiden deployment and conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of the Navy’s Maritime Strategy. Makin Island is the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship and the only U.S. Navy ship with a hybrid electric propulsion system. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mckee/Released)

Story Number: NNS130111-01Release Date: 1/11/2013 8:23:00 AM A A A By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erik Luebke, Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East Detachment Europe
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) — The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently sent out a mandate that all letter mail being shipped to overseas military installations be addressed with a nine-digit zip code, starting January 2013.

The policy change came with an upgrade to USPS’s mail sorting system and the opening of an additional centralized gateway for receiving and shipping all government mail.

“The USPS is asking anyone sending letters to service members at overseas bases to label them with a nine-digit zip code,” said Chief Logistic Specialist (SW) Jimmy Jimenez, leading chief petty officer of the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples Capodichino post office. “This change accompanied the opening of a centralized gateway at O’Hare to take some of the stress off of John F. Kennedy International Airport, which used to be the sole routing hub for government mail.”

The new mail sorting system will enable mail to be delivered and sorted quicker by giving the sorting machines another way to divide up the mail. The new address format will include the box number as a four digit number at the end of the zip code. For example:

John Smith
PSC 999 Box 82
FPO AE 09622-0082

“The new system will make it so that everything is already sorted when it gets here,” said Jimenez. “This means we don’t have to spend hours sorting baskets full of mail, and we can put it directly into the boxes.”

For more information, visit the USPS website at https://www.usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-guidelines.htm.

For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Det. Europe, visit www.navy.mil/local/npaseeurope/.

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