Integrity and financial responsibility are so
important in operating a post office that military postal
clerks must avoid any practice in their personal lives
that might lead into financial difficulties and cast doubt
on their honesty.
Do not gamble. If you were to gamble and lose
heavily, you might be tempted to do the first dishonest
thing you ever did. If you were a big winner and spent
the money freely, someone is sure to suspect that you
were using your postal funds to make money. Either
way you would lose. People just dont trust a gambler
to work around money. Besides not gambling, military
postal clerks must demonstrate financial
responsibility. They must live within their income, pay
their bills, and refrain from borrowing or lending
money to shipmates.
The MPSA and the Office of the Commander,
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) have
given special attention to detecting and preventing
cases of embezzlement among postal personnel. In
most cases, postal personnel convicted of offenses
involving money have not only received prison terms,
but have also lost their opportunity for naval careers.
The social stigma of such a conviction follows a person
into civilian life and often interferes with getting a
responsible job. Usually the persons involved started
with no real intent to be dishonest. They just wanted to
borrow a little money and pay it back in a few days. But
in each case the problem stemmed from a lack of
financial responsibility and integrity on the part of the
Personnel who perform postal duties must be
loyal, trustworthy, and honest. By agreement between
the USPS and the Department of Defense, personnel of
questionable integrity may not be assigned to duties in
MPOs, mailrooms, mail terminals, or other postal
Navy personnel designated as military postal
clerks must meet the following qualifications:
· Have no record of conviction by courts martial or
punishment under Article 15 involving a
· Have no record of civilian conviction other than
minor traffic violations.
· Have no record of derogatory information or
unfavorable conduct that casts doubt on the
military members trustworthiness and honesty.
· Possess high moral standards and excellent
· Have no history of psychiatric disorder,
alcoholism, or drug abuse, unless a medical
evaluation determines the condition no longer
· Be financially responsible.
· Not have been relieved previously for cause or
criminal convictions from military postal duties.
· Be a U.S. citizen and eligible for a SECRET
clearance (a favorable Entrance National
Agency Check (ENTNAC) or National Agency
Check (NAC) is on file) if required to handle
official registered mail.
· Not have physical restrictions prohibiting duty
involving prolonged standing, walking, or lifting
of weights up to 70 pounds.
· Have a physical profile serial code [Pulmonary,
Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Hearing,
Eyes, and Psychology (PULHES)] of 211221
(this is the maximum score). This profile code is
established by using a system that indicates the
numerical code, corresponding with the above
Military postal clerks are designated according to
procedures in chapter 4, Department of Defense Postal
Manual, Volume I.
MILITARY POSTAL CLERKS
A military postal clerk (MPC) is a person of the
U.S. Armed Forces who has been officially designated
and authorized by public law to perform postal finance
functions and other postal duties. The term military
postal clerk includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine
Corps, and Coast Guard postal clerks. Navy personnel
designated as military postal clerks need not
necessarily be of the Postal Clerk rating. Members of
other Navy ratings or non-designated, non-rated
personnel may be designated as military postal clerks
if the situation warrants, or if the personnel concerned
are striking for the rating of Postal Clerk.
All Navy commands that operate a post office must
have at least one primary military postal clerk
designated. If only one MPC is assigned, which is the
case aboard some ships, an alternate MPC will be