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11/13/07

Military Mail Holiday Mailing Dates

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The surge in military personnel sent to Iraq has increased mail being delivered there by more than 200 percent. The U.S. Postal Service is reminding families to place holiday mail destined to troops stationed overseas as early as possible and to use the full APO or FPO address.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, is the first recommended date for sending holiday packages to troops stationed overseas using Parcel Post to all Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) ZIP Codes. Parcel Post is the most economical shipping option for families. The last recommended date for mail going to the war zone is Dec. 4, but for mail destined to all other international military installations, it is Dec. 19.

All military mail, regardless of destination, is sent by domestic mail rate. International rates do not apply to military mail delivery.

"Mail Call can be the best part of the day for our deployed military service members, especially around the holidays. With more of our young men and women serving overseas, making sure their mail arrives on time is important to all of us," said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Bashon Mann.

The Postal Service is expecting to deliver 20 million pounds of mail to military installations around the world this holiday season. The second week of December should be the busiest week for overseas delivery. Mail to Iraq alone during this period is expected to increase more than 400 percent over the average weekly volume.

All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members, as required by U.S. Department of Defense regulations. All military units are assigned an APO or FPO ZIP Code and, in many cases, that ZIP Code travels with the unit. The Postal Service places APO/FPO mail on special charter flights, commercial airlines and military aircraft to reach armed services members overseas as quickly as possible.

The Postal Service also offers FREE military CareKits to help military families and friends send care packages to their loved ones stationed overseas. The kits include boxes, tape, envelopes and customs forms and can be ordered by calling (800) 610-8734.

To help ensure delivery of holiday cards and packages by Dec. 25 to military APO/FPO addresses overseas and to international addresses, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing dates.

Military Mail Addressed To

Express Mail® Military Service (EMMS)1/

First-Class Mail® Letters/Cards

Priority Mail®

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2/

Space Available Mail (SAM) 3/

Parcel Post®

APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092

Dec 18

Dec 11

Dec 11

Dec 4

Nov 27

Nov 13

APO/FPO AE ZIP 093

N/A

Dec 4

Dec 4

Dec 1

Nov 27

Nov 13

APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098

Dec 18

Dec 11

Dec 11

Dec 4

Nov 27

Nov 13

APO/FPO AA ZIPs 340

Dec 18

Dec 11

Dec 11

Dec 4

Nov 27

Nov 13

APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966

Dec 18

Dec 11

Dec 11

Dec 4

Nov 27

Nov 13

1/ EMMS: Express Mail Military Service is available to selected military post offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to your APO/FPO of address.

2/ PAL: PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.

3/ SAM: SAM parcels are paid at Parcel Post postage rate of postage with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.

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