Sending packages to our service men and women has its own unique shipping requirements, particularly when it comes to addresses. At ShippingEasy, we've made it simple to understand the ins and outs of addressing military mail. In order to properly address your shipments, make sure you include the unit number and box numbers for APO/FPO/DPO addresses (if assigned). This will prevent your mail from entering foreign mail networks as a result of mislabeling your package. To further prevent this, make sure you don’t include city or country names in APO/FPO/DPO addresses.
There are specific formats that your addresses need to follow when put on the label to send it to military organizations such as bases and other facilities.
The following are the examples listed on the USPS page:
For an army or air post office use the code APO:
Army/Air Post Office (APO)
PFC JOHN DOE
PSC 3 BOX 4120
APO AE 09021-0076
For a fleet post office use the code FPO:
Fleet Post Office (FPO)
SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH
UNIT 100100 BOX 4120
FPO AP 96691-0098
For a diplomatic post office use the code DPO:
Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)
MSgt JOHN ADAMS
UNIT 8400 BOX 0000
DPO AE 09498-0048
Be sure to add the rank of the person you’re sending to. Each shipment to an APO/FPO/DPO needs to include the recipient's name, rank, unit, and the APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code.
Don’t forget to add the return address. In the past, mail could be addressed to “Any service member.” However, that is no longer the case. Mail and shipments must be addressed to someone specific.
TIP: Always keep the temperature of where you are shipping your goods to in mind. Desert climates can often reach 100+ degrees and can damage electronic or soft goods.