only. A notice usually remains in effect for less than 6
months, but is not permitted to remain in effect for
longer than l year.
Instructions and notices concerning postal matters
are numbered 5ll0 through 5ll9 in the Standard Subject
Identification Codes (SSICs) used by the Navy. The
following are the codes and their titles:
· Mail and Postal Affairs
· Losses and Claims
· Customs and Contraband
· Postal Operations
CHANGES TO PUBLICATIONS
When information changes within the USPS/MPS,
publications become out of date and useless unless new
information is incorporated into the publications.
Changes will normally be received by letter of
transmittal, naval message, or by the USPS Postal
Changes and corrections are made by inserting
new pages, removing obsolete pages, or making
pen-and-ink changes in the existing book. When
making changes to a DOD or OPNAV instruction, the
change should be entered in the text and a copy of the
complete change should be placed in the front of the
instruction with the date the change was made and the
initials of the clerk making the change. A publication
that is not up to date or one that has been changed
incorrectly may be useless because it can give you
When a list of effective pages is included with a
change, it is important that you check all pages against
the checklist. This procedure enables you to determine
if your publication is correct.
You will use the various publications mentioned
already in this section as you learn your job. They are
references to which you will turn for information about
correct procedures. In any military post office, you
need the answers to numerous questions. You cannot
possibly remember all these answers, and in fact you
should not try to do so. Instead, you should know
where to locate the information. The better you know
your postal manuals and publications, the quicker you
will be able to find the information you need.
Q1-15. What publication is published by MPSA to
provide guidence for postal operations within
the Military Postal Service?
Q1-16. You receive an article at your MPO without a
What publication should you
consult to find the proper ZIP Code?
Q1-17. What information do USPS Postal Bulletins
provide military postal clerks?
Now turn to appendix 1 to check your answers.
ENTITLEMENT TO USE MILITARY
Learning Objective: Identify the various
personnel authorized to use MPS facilities
and the identification required.
The fact that a person has access to a naval activity
does not, in itself, mean entitlement to use facilities
aboard that activity. This includes postal facilities.
The Department of Defense has established a single
policy defining the organizations, agencies, and
personnel entitled to use the facilities of the Military
Postal Service. Procedures are set up to carry out this
Personnel on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
are authorized to use the Military Postal Service.
Various other persons and agencies are also
authorized, some regularly and some only in specific
circumstances. You must understand situations when
regular authorizations apply and the conditions that
justify special authorization.
The establishment, operation, and use of the U.S.
Military Postal Service in sovereign foreign countries
depend upon an agreement with the host government,
since it is customary among nations to preserve a
monopoly of postal services. International agreements
permitting establishment of military postal facilities
usually specify limiting the use of such facilities to the
armed forces and certain civilian agencies and
organizations serving with or related to the armed