Are you intimidated , like I am, when you address a mailing label to a loved one at a military base?
I just don’t feel totally comfortable with a mailing label that doesn’t have a city, state and zip code on it. Are you? It just doesn’t look right.
So, to make sure that I am addressing my military shipping labels properly, I sought out THE expert on mailing and shipping packages, THE United States Postal Service. (USPS).
After all, how can you argue with someone that handles 703 million pieces of mail every day?
And, I found out that they consulted with the DOD (Department of Defense) to offer guidelines for mailing or shipping to military or civilian personnel deployed in military bases throughout the world!
Wow! Impressive. Again who can argue with either one of these guys. Now that would make me feel more comfortable that my mailing label is properly addressed so my package gets to where it needs to go.
Here’s the tips that they offer for addressing a package or mailing label to military personnel:
TIP #1 - Use the service member’s full name on the package or shipping label. The Department of Defense canceled the Any Service Member program so mail must be addressed to someone specific.
TIP #2 – Include the unit and APO/FPO (Air/Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office) address with the nine-digit ZIP Code (if one is assigned) on the package or mailing label.
TIP #3 – Include a return address on the package or mailing label.
TIP #4 – For packages, print on or apply mailing labels on one side of the package only. Be sure to include the recipient’s address in the lower right portion of the package.
Here are a few examples of the address format to use on mailing labels or packages. These examples are taken directly from the USPS website:
SSGT Kevin Taylor
Unit 2050 Box 4190
APO AP 96278-2050
SGT Robert Smith
PSC 802 Box 74
APO AE 09499-0074
Seaman Joseph Doe
FPO AP 96667-3931
SGT Jane Doe
APO AA 09045-1000
So, if you follow these four tips for mailing packages to military addresses, you’ll know that you’ve done all that you can to get your package into the hands of your loved ones.
The rest is up to the USPS and the DOD.