USPS Recommended Mailing Dates For Diplomatic And Military Service Members Worldwide

Ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service and for friends and family members of our military and diplomatic personnel.

To send packages to loved ones serving in the military abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $16.75 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box.  The price includes a $2.00 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations world wide.

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices and online at  Postage labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by December 25, 2016 the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below


Addressing the Package; Write the service member’s full name.  Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP code (if one is assigned).


For example:


  • Do not write the country name where the service member is stationed in the address.
  • Include a return address.
  • Inside the box, include the service member’s name and address as well as the sender’s name and address on an index card in case the shipping label gets damaged in transit.

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