POSTAL AGREEMENTAn agreement between the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the
Department of Defense (DOD) concerning guidelines for providing postal services on military
POSTAL CARDA blank mailing card sold by the USPS (as distinguished from a commercial card)
with a printed or impressed postage stamp.
POSTAL COMPLAINTAn expression of dissatisfaction, discontent, disappointment, or resentment
concerning any postal product service, or postal personnel.
POSTAL CONCENTRATION CENTER (PCC)A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) facility operated at a
continental U.S. (CONUS) gateway city for concentrating and dispatching overseas (OCONUS)
destined military mail and for receiving and processing continental U.S. (CONUS) destined military
mail. A postal concentration center (PCC) can be a separate facility or part of an aerial mail terminal
(AMT) or bulk mail center (BMC).
POSTAL EFFECTSAll accountable paper stock, funds, and equipment entrusted to the Department
of Defense (DOD) by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for military postal operations. Postal Effects
include postage stamps, stamped paper, and funds derived from their sale; blank money order forms,
paid money orders, and money order funds; fees collected for special mail services; and capital or
sensitive equipment furnished by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
POSTAL FINANCE OFFICER (PFO)A custodian designated to maintain wholesale quantities of
postage stamps, stamped paper, and blank money order forms for issue to custodian of postal effects
(COPEs) for the operation of military post offices (MPOs).
POSTAL INQUIRYA request for postal information.
POSTAL OFFICERAn individual designated by the commanding officer for the overall supervision
of the commands postal operations.
POSTAL SERVICE CENTER (PSC)A facility through which mail is delivered to authorized
individuals by delivery receptacles without regard to unit of assignment.
POSTAL ZONEA geographic measurement that is based on the distance between units of the earths
area 30 minutes square. This data is generally used when computing postage on zone-rate mail (such as
Parcel Post) between USPS facilities including military post offices.
POSTMARKA postal cancellation imprint on letters, flats, and parcels. The imprint shows date and
the name, state, and ZIP Code of the post office or sectional center facility that accepted custody of the
POUCHMailbag identified by the leather strap-locking device.
PROSPECTIVE RELIEFAn individual designated as the alternate postal clerk. The alternate postal
clerk should be available to carry out postal functions in the absence of the primary postal clerk.
RECEPTACLEA no-fee box used to deliver mail in postal service centers (PSCs), unit mailrooms
(UMRs), and other authorized places. A key or combination lock is used to control delivery to the
REGISTRY CAGEA storage area for large quantities of registered mail. The area must meet
requirements established by the military postal service agency (MPSA).
RESERVE CUSTODIANAn individual designated in writing by command authority to control and
safeguard postal effects that are the responsibility of the designated custodian of postal effects (COPE).
RESPONSIBLE COMMANDERA designated officer exercising control over a specified level of
postal operations determined by each major command (MACOM).
RETROGRADE MAILMail destinating in the United States.