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Figure 9-15.A flight tag and label used to identify destination of mail.
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at the FMC addressed to or from fleet units.  The FMC will handle a certain amount of raw mail for dispatch, but the greater amount of mail handled will be from mobile units for further transfer to destination in the United States. The FMC consolidates outgoing mail by sorting, pouching,  and  traying  the  different  classes  of  mail received from various local activities and from some small mobile units.  This method reduces the number of pouches, or trays for one destination and allows for a more expeditious mail delivery system.  Each FMC is responsible  for  pouching  mail  and  preparing  it  for dispatch as far ahead in the domestic postal system as possible. Q9-36.   Letters  destined  for  foreign  countries  and military  activities  known  to  be  located overseas  should  be  bundled  separately. (True/False) Q9-37. Define OSP. Q9-38.    A letter mail pouch should be limited to what maximum weight? Q9-39.   What  identifies  the  end  destination  when  a letter  pouch  is  closed,  sealed,  and  ready  for dispatch? Q9-40.   What  publication  should  you  refer  to  when preparing  printed  airport-coded  tags  and labels? Q9-41.   An  OSP  will  have  an  airport-coded  label rather  than  a  tag  attached  when  dispatched via commercial air carrier.  (True/False) Q9-42.   The process of consolidating mail for dispatch at FMCs serves what purpose? Now turn to appendix 1 to check your answers. TRANSPORTATION OF MILITARY MAIL Learning Objective:  Recall the responsibility for   funding   and   the   types   of   transportation available for military mail. The  Military  Postal  Service  is  responsible  for moving military mail responsively, economically, and efficiently in support of the defense missions of the United  States.    Military  mail  is  any  domestic  or international  mail  that  bears  a  military  address  or return address and at some stage in its transmission is in the possession of the Department of Defense.  Now we  will  discuss  funding  for  mail  transportation,  the types of documentation methods, and documentation requirements. FUNDING FOR MILITARY MAIL TRANSPORTATION USPS pays for the movement of military mail by commercial  air  carriers,  foreign  and  domestic.   The military  departments  then  reimburse  USPS  for  the movement of mail to and from the United States and within  overseas  areas.    Additionally,  the  military departments  pay  for  movement  of  military  mail between   the   United   States,   its   territories, commonwealths,  and  possessions  when  a  mode  of transportation is selected or a service is provided that is not available to domestic USPS customers.  The Navy also pays for mail moved via AMC airlift, rail, or truck within each command’s area of responsibility, unless prior arrangements have been made with MPSA. Since FPO mail is funded separately, it should be documented  separately  from  APO  mail  on  dispatch documents.   For definition purposes FPO mail is mail generated at Navy and Marine Corps postal activities, regardless  of  the  end  destination.    It  includes  mail originating in the United States and dispatched to FPOs. TYPES OF TRANSPORTATION METHODS The specific modes of transportation used for the movement of military mail are airlift, sealift, and land transportation. The transportation used depends on the location of the activity, the method of transportation available, and the lead-time required to get the mail there.  NOTE:  Sealift is only used to dispatch surface mail from CONUS to overseas locations.  As a postal clerk, you will be directly concerned with the available modes of transportation, when to use them, how much space will be available, and the proper documentation required depending upon the method of transportation used by your office. U.S. Carriers All eligible military mail transported to and from overseas  activities  will  be  transported  by  U.S. commercial  air  carriers  as  the  primary  means  of transportation.  The USPS and MPSA, along with the JMPAs located in New York and San Francisco, have already  established  transportation  routes  and coordinated with commercial airlines to provide the necessary service needed to move military mail to its intended destination(s).  Parcel airlift mail (PAL) and 9-34

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