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How to: Format Military mail addresses

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When sending packages to the Military (APO/FPO/DPO) you pay domestic prices however, you are required to follow specific guidelines when it comes to formatting addresses.

Here are some tips to ensure your addresses validate with the USPS:

  • Write out the service member's full name in the address - All mail sent to the Military must be addressed to someone specific; addressing mail to "Any Service Member" is no longer permitted by the USPS.
  • Include the unit and box (where applicable) into Address Line 1.
  • In the 'City' field, enter APO/FPO/DPO
    NOTE: APO is used for Air/Army Post Office; FPO is used for Fleet Post Office; DPO is used for Diplomatic Post Office.
  • From the State field, select:
    •  Armed Forces - AE is the abbreviation for Armed Forces. It is used for armed forces in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada
    •  Armed Forces Pacific - AP is the abbreviation for Amed Forces Pacific and is used for the Pacifics
    •  Armed Forces America - AA is the abbreviation for Armed Forces America and it excludes Canada
  • Then enter in a 5 digit zip.

Examples:

CPT JOHN DOE
UNIT 2050 BOX 4190
APO AP 96278

SGT ROBERT SMITH
PSC 802 BOX 74
APO AE 09499

SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH
USCGC HAMILTON
FPO AP 96667

MSG JANE DOE
CMR 1250
APO AA 09045

 

 


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