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Postal Personnel
Postal Clerk - Military guide to working in a post office
operates a postal finance station at Naval Station, San Diego, CA. The first postmaster general, Benjamin Franklin, established the tradition that the U.S. mail is a service to all the people of the United States, which should be used  as  often  as  needed  and  rendered  at  the  lowest possible rates.  Service is still the primary mission of the USPS.  It is your primary function to see that your shipmates receive the same benefits of service through the  Military  Postal  Service.     In  performing  this function efficiently, you will contribute greatly to the morale of your command. As a Postal Clerk, you need a broad knowledge of military postal operations and a detailed knowledge of postal jobs. An  important  phase  of  postal  operations  is  the movement of mail.  Outgoing mail must be dispatched with speed and efficiency to ensure that transportation schedules are met.  Incoming mail must be processed quickly to avoid delay in delivery.   How you handle your  incoming  and  outgoing  mail  will,  in  large measure, decide the reputation of your post office. Postal counter work is basically a matter of public contact.   It  requires  businesslike  behavior,  courtesy, and efficient service to personnel served.  Clerks must possess  a  thorough  knowledge  of  postal  regulations concerning  the  types  of  postal  services  offered, postage rates, and proper packaging and contents of all classes of mail acceptable for transshipment through the mails. You will also keep records and prepare reports, as required by the USPS, the Department of the Navy, and the  MPSA  in  relation  to  post  office  operations. Operation  of  a  post  office  includes  the  upkeep  of equipment,  ordering  supplies,  and  maintaining  post office spaces. You  must  have  a  thorough  knowledge  of  the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, and U.S.  Postal  Service  security  regulations.    You  are responsible for the safekeeping of the mail, postage stamps,  accountable  equipment,  stamped  paper,  and blank money order forms in your custody, and cash that is  entrusted  to  you.    You  are  also  responsible  for disposing  of  postal  effects  during  an  emergency. Financial  responsibility  involves  the  custodial accounting,  inspection,  and  supervisory  functions required in proper handling of postal effects as well as records of financial transactions such as the sale and payment of postal money orders and the collection of customs duties. You will also arrange, through the postal officer, transportation for the dispatch and pickup of mail from post offices or other locations ashore and afloat. In addition to your professional duties as a military postal clerk, you perform military duties. Aboard ship, Postal  Clerks  have  assignments  under  the  watch, quarter, and station bill (as all the crewmembers have) that are unrelated to their postal duties. You may serve in a variety of billets on small ships such as DDs or CGs or on larger ships such as LHDs or CVNs.   Or  you  may  also  be  assigned  to  duty  at  an overseas activity that has a Navy post office, such as Naples, Italy, or Yokosuka, Japan. As   you   prepare   for   advancement,   your responsibilities for naval leadership will increase, as will the applications of leadership to the duties of your rating. Your responsibilities for technical leadership arise from the nature of your work.  Keeping the ship’s post office operating efficiently and its financial affairs in good  order  is  a  large  task.    You  perform  this  task effectively  when  you  accept  the  responsibility  of performing every detail of your work with complete integrity  and  reliability  and  when  you  continue  to increase your knowledge of a military postal clerk’s job. Integrity  of  work  is  a  key  factor  in  technical leadership; all other factors relate to it in some way. Integrity of work refers to big things and little things such as the way you supervise the post office, the way you handle your stamp or money order accounts, the way you issue stamps or money orders, the accuracy and neatness of your records, your ability to move mail rapidly,  your  ability  to  process  inquiries  and complaints  quickly  and  knowledgeably,  and  the manner in which you conduct daily transactions with customers. When you perform every job as efficiently as you can, and constantly strive to increase your skills and broaden  your  knowledge,  you  are  demonstrating integrity of work in a concrete practical way.  You are also demonstrating technical leadership. Integrity  also  involves  financial  responsibility. This  means  continuous  accurate  accounting  for  all postal  funds.    The  first  and  most  important  thing  a military postal clerk must learn is the seriousness of this  responsibility.   To  borrow  even  a  small  amount from postal funds or to be careless in handling these funds is the first step into serious trouble. 1-8

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