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.

To format your military addresses for validation with the 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.

If you need any help or have any questions - feel free to contact us.


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.

To format your military addresses for validation with the 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.

If you need any help or have any questions - feel free to contact us.