How do I format Military Addresses?

Sending a package to an overseas U.S. military base is relatively straightforward if you keep a few things in mind.

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

How to Format Your Military Addresses for Validation with USPS

Write out the service member's full name in the address - All mail sent to the Military must be addressed to someone specific. Note: 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 the 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 Armed Forces Pacific and is used for the Pacifics.
  •  Armed Forces America - AA is the abbreviation for Armed Forces America, as it excludes Canada.
  • Then enter in a five-digit zip.

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