forces. Additional information concerning use of the
Military Postal Service is found in the Department of
Defense Postal Manual, DOD 4525.6-M, Volume I,
Control of personnel who use a post office aboard a
ship is much easier than at a post office located on a
naval activity in a foreign country. This is because of
the limited access that personnel have to ships. So if
you are assigned to a post office that is located in a
foreign country, you should be particularly alert for
unauthorized users. Violations of any agreement with
the host country could place the Military Postal
Service in that country in jeopardy.
SERVICE FOR RELATED
At naval activities overseas, there may be several
organizations present that are not part of the DOD, but
do support a DOD mission. The U.S. citizen
employees of these organizations and their
accompanying dependents are authorized to use the
Military Postal Service outside of the Continental
United States (CONUS) where the USPS does not
operate. Some of the organizations that may be located
in your area are as follows:
· DOD operated dependent schools
· DOD non-appropriated fund activities
· The American Red Cross
· United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO)
· Overseas military banking facilities and credit
· Masters and civilian crews of the Military Sealift
Command (MSC) ships and merchant ships
operating for the account of the MSC
Other categories of personnel may be entitled to
use military post offices under certain conditions at
overseas locations, so you should check your local
regulations for entitlement.
Organizations and personnel authorized to use the
MPS may not mail articles for persons and
organizations not authorized postal services.
following organizations and individuals are among
those that will NOT be provided postal services:
· Concessionaires of non-appropriated fund
· Political organizations. This does not prohibit
direct mailing of political campaign material to
individuals authorized to use the MPS, provided
it is not material for distribution on or off the
· Non-DOD tuition-fee schools.
· Non-appropriated fund activities of non-DOD
agencies, such as employee cooperatives.
· Non-DOD contractors.
· Individuals, whether otherwise entitled to such
service or not, for business or commercial
If postal privileges are to be withdrawn from
previous authorized organizations and individuals, a
90-day advance notice of withdrawal of service should
normally be given.
EMERGENCY OR SPECIAL
In the event of a national emergency, hostilities, or
occupations, U.S. citizen personnel, not otherwise
allowed the use of the MPS under any other provisions,
may be authorized use of the facilities for letter class
mail including stamped cards, post cards, and voice
Such persons must be in overseas areas where
international postal service is not available or
adequate. If adequate international postal service later
becomes available, use of the MPS should be
When, in time of peace, if it appears that persons or
organizations should be authorized to use the MPS,
requests for this authority should be submitted to the
MPSA. Such requests originate from the commanding
officer, and should include the comments and
recommendations of the responsible theater or
overseas area commander, together with a statement
concerning eligibility under any existing agreement
between the United States and the host country.
The Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act of 1975
was amended by Public Law 95-593 to allow U.S.
citizens overseas access to military post offices for the
purpose of mailing balloting material. This service is
for those U.S. citizens overseas who are not normally
authorized Military Postal Service privileges.