Matter classified as Top Secret will be transmitted
as prescribed in chapter 8 of the Department of the Navy
Information and Personnel Security Program
Regulation, OPNAVINST 5510.1. All classified
material must remain under U.S. custody and control at
all times. Material classified as Secret or Confidential
will be transmitted by one of the following means:
1. Registered mail will be used for the transmission
of all Secret material, NATO Confidential, and all other
Confidential material mailed to an FPO/APO address.
2. Certified mail will be used for the transmission
of Confidential addresses to contractor facilities cleared
for access to classified information under the DOD
Industrial Security Program or to any non-DOD agency
of the executive branch.
3. Regular First-Class Mail or priority mail will be
used for the transmission of Confidential (other than
NATO Confidential) addresses to DOD activities
located anywhere in the United States and its territories.
NARCOTICS AND OTHER CONTROLLED
The U.S. Postal Service will accept and forward
parcels mailed under official postage containing
narcotics and drug abuse control items that meet the
weight and size limitations. However, each parcel must
be consigned as registered mail to the medical officer of
the activity to receive the material. The actual value of
the shipment will be declared at the time it is tendered
to the U.S. Postal Service. In no instance will parcels be
so marked as to disclose their contents or value.
MILITARY ORDINARY MAIL
Military ordinary mail (MOM) is a special
procedure approved by the U.S. Postal Service for
providing air transportation of official fourth-class mail,
at a rate that is considerably cheaper than that for priority
mail. MOM also may be used for official second- and
third-class mail if considered essential to timely
delivery. However, MOM only provides air
transportation between overseas military post offices
(MPOs) and between an overseas MPO and a CONUS
gateway terminal (San Francisco, California; Seattle,
Washington; New York, New York; or Miami, Florida).
Within CONUS and between civil addresses in
CONUS, Alaska, and Hawaii, MOM stamped mail is
moved by surface transportation. A civil address is any
address that does not indicate an FPO or APO number.
When material requiring shipment does not qualify
for shipment through the mails, it should be forwarded
to the supply officer of the nearest shore-based activity
for forwarding to its destination. This material must be
accompanied by copies of the shipping invoice, either
DD Form 1149 or DD Form 1348-1.
If a Navy shore-based activity (or United States
naval attaché) is not in the area, you must make the
shipment as per official instructions received from the
nearest military service command or United States
If, in an emergency, the procedure cannot be
followed shipment may be made by a commercial
source on a commercial bill of lading. The commercial
bill of lading is prepared and furnished by the carrier.
Transportation charges are paid by the disbursing officer
charging the Navy Management Fund under the open
allotment prescribed in the NAVCOMPT Manual,
DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Freight entering the DTS is controlled on two levels.
Freight designated for surface movement to overseas
locations is controlled by the Military Traffic
Management Command (MTMC), the single traffic
manager for CONUS land transportation, and its
subordinate field offices in conjunction with the
Military Sealift Command (MSC), the single traffic
manager for ocean transportation. Air eligible freight is
controlled by the military services through their
individual air clearance authorities that work closely
with the Military Airlift Command (MAC), the single
traffic manager for air transportation, and the Military
Air Transportation Coordinating Offices/Units
(MATCOs/MATCUs) who are administratively
assigned to MTMC and represent the individual services
interest at MAC aerial ports.
Except for shipments moving in QUICKTRANS,
CONUS shipments generally move by a commercial
carrier on a government bill of lading/civilian bill of
lading (GBL/CBL) and do not use a Transportation
Control and Movement Document (TCMD), DD Form
1384. Shipments originating from an overseas point
move on a TCMD in the DTS.