Ladies and Gentlemen,
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has information on sending care packages overseas. They have a service that is very useful to military family and friends called the "Flat Rate". Boxes are available from your local postal clerk, or on-line at USPS , or dial 1-800-222-1811. They can be ordered and delivered straight to your house free of charge.
Priority Mail Flat Rate Box
12" X 3.5" X 14
Priority Mail Flat Rate Box
11" X 8.5" X 5.5"
After receiving your boxes, go ahead and pack it as much as possible or up to 70 lbs. Fill out the contents disclaimer (should be received with boxes or ask the postal clerk) and mail at the domestic rate of $7.70, (which is significantly cheaper than any international rates I know).
Commonly asked questions by Marine Families:
Can I mail free to a deployed Marine?
No, unfortunately. The free mailing privilege only applies to military service personnel in specially overseas locations identified by the Department of Defense (DoD). In other words, it's only free for those deployed Marines sending mail back to the United States of America. This privilege is not extended to their loved ones, family, or friends back home.
Are there postage discounts for mailing overseas to military service personnel?
Not as good as we would want, but they do offer regular domestic postage rates for mailing overseas. So in itself, your discount is to get domestic rates when mailing from the U.S. to overseas APO and FPO addresses....and maybe the free boxes.
How long does military mail take to arrive?
The time varies, but typically military mail letters are delivered between seven and 10 days depending on country of destination. Priority parcels will take 10 to 15 days. Parcel Post takes about 24 days, according to MPSA (Military Postal Service Agency) officials. Transit times will vary depending on operational conditions and the unit of the addressee. Those in established bases should continue to receive regular service, while those in forward areas or engaged in operations may experience longer arrival times due to logistical constraints.
I’d like to send cards to servicemen. Can I just send one to anybody?
Not anymore. Only if you have the name and address of an individual. Programs that allowed people to send mail to service members unknown to them were discontinued following the terrorist attacks of 2001. Mail addressed as “Any Service Member,” “Any Soldier, Sailor, etc.” will not be accepted. If this mail is deposited into a collection box it will be returned to sender. Items without return addresses are opened in a Mail Recovery Center Network to determine the sender’s address. If it is impossible to determine the sender’s address, items will be donated to local charities.
I would like to send a package of donated items to a particular platoon. Can I do that?
The DoD has become aware of organizations and individuals who solicit donations or money for care packages and use unit addresses and/or a list of service member names to send the packages to deployed forces. These programs are usually supported by well-intentioned and patriotic people who are simply unaware of the new risks facing deployed military forces. Some individuals and groups have even publicized the names and addresses of service members, ships or units on Web sites, without realizing that personal information may be used inappropriately. Visit www.ourmilitary.mil to find DoD recommended ways to show your support.