Christmas Holiday Military Mail Delivery Deadlines 2017

Delivering the Christmas Holidays to US Military Service Members Worldwide

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December, 2017 

U.S. Postal Service Recommended Mailing Dates

WASHINGTON Making sure those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents and care packages in time for the holidays is a priority the U.S. Postal Service and for friends and family members of military and diplomatic personnel serving around the world. Helping to get packages on their way, the Postal Service offers a $2 per box postage discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at, $15.45, for mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide. 

Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available at no cost at either local Post Offices, or ordered online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at https://cns.usps.com/go.

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, send cards and packages to military APO/FPO/ DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below.

 

Military Mail Addressed To

Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS) 1

First-Class Mail —Letters and Cards

Priority
Mail

Parcel Air Lift (PAL) 2

Space Available Mail (SAM) 3

Standard
Post

APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092

Dec 17

Dec 10

Dec 10

Dec 3

Nov 26

Nov 8

APO/FPO AE ZIP 093

N/A

Dec 3

Dec 3

Dec 3

Nov 26

Nov 8

APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098

Dec 17

Dec 10

Dec 10

Dec 3

Nov 26

Nov 8

APO/FPO AA ZIP 340

Dec 17

Dec 10

Dec 10

Dec 3

Nov 26

Nov 8

APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966

Dec 17

Dec 10

Dec 10

Dec 3

Nov 26

Nov 8

1 PMEMS is available to selected military. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.
2 PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Standard 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 price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.
3 SAM parcels are paid at Standard Post prices 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.

Use the Military Care Kit to Send Presents and/or Care Packages
With Priority Mail supplies as the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the Postal Service created a free “Military Care Kit” based on the items most frequently requested by military families.
The kit contains:

  • Two Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate Boxes.
  • Two Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes.
  • Priority Mail tape.
  • Priority Mail address labels.
  • Appropriate customs forms.

To order the kit, call 800-610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-guidelines.htm.

Addressing the Package

    1. Write out the service member’s full name in the address.
    2. Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code (if one is assigned). For example:

CPT JOHN DOE
UNIT 2050 BOX 4190
APO AP 96278-2050

SGT ROBERT SMITH
PSC 802 BOX 74
APO AE 09499-0074

SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH
USCGC HAMILTON
FPO AP 96667-3931

MSG JANE DOE
CMR 1250
APO AA 09045-1000

  1. Include a return address.
  2. Include the service member’s name and address as well as the sender’s name and address on an index card inside the package in case the label is damaged.

Related Sites:
Mailing Deadlines Chart
U.S. Postal Service
USPS Guidelines for Packing, Addressing and Shipping Items to Troops

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