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APO Mail and Troopster

If you’ve ever had friends or family in the military, you’ve probably asked this question.  Fortunately, Troopster’s here to help!  As a veteran-owned and veteran-operated business specializing in sending personalized care packages to troops overseas, military mail is our business.  The APO in APO mail stands for “Army Post Office,” and this address format is used for shipping items to any Army or Air Force installation.  Here are some of the great options we have for supporting your loved one:

  • Army Care Packages
  • Navy Care Packages
  • Air Force Care Packages
  • Marine Care Packages
  • Healthy Care Packages
  • Boyfriend Care Packages
  • Girlfriend Care Packages
  • The Gronk Collection

  • Have An APO Address but Aren’t Sure What it Means?

    This is a pretty common situation.  In the United States, we’re used to our standard street/city/state/zip address format, so when we’re dealing with an APO mail address for the first time, it can seem confusing.  To help, we’ve broken down an example APO mail address below, showing part-by-part how APO mail corresponds to our standard address system:

    APO Mail: Address Line 1

    PFC George Washington

    PSC 1776, Box 0704

    APO AA 12345-6789

    This part is pretty straightforward.  Include the name of your service member.  Of note, including rank is not required.

    APO Mail: Address Line 2

    PFC George Washington

    PSC 1776, Box 0704

    APO AA 12345-6789

    The second line in an APO mail address corresponds to a street address.  The first part, “PSC”, identifies what type of address it is an can include a variety of different abbreviations (PSC, CMR, UMR, and RPO, to name a few).  Next, the number following “PSC” in our example is the actual number of this particular address type.

    The “Box 0704” in our example represents the recipient’s military PO box number, but not every APO mail address will have one.

    APO Mail: Address Line 3

    PFC George Washington

    PSC 1776, Box 0704

    APO AA 12345-6789

    While not an exact parallel, the last line of an APO mail address roughly corresponds to what we think of as city, state, and zip code.  As stated above, the “APO” in this example stands for Army Post Office, and it replaces the city in a standard address.  Next, AA, stands for Armed Forces Americas, and it replaces the state (you will also see AE and AP here, depending on where your troop is stationed).  The zip code in APO mail is the same format as your normal zip code. Lastly, if you’re ever given a country option when using APO mail, make sure you select United States, regardless of where the care package is ultimately going.  USPS will take care of the international sorting.  

    Are There Any Shipping Restrictions with APO Mail?  

    Yes.  When using APO mail, you must adhere to both USPS and international customs compliance requirements.  This includes restrictions on how much you can send, what you can send, and where you can send it.  Despite all APO mail addresses having United States listed as their destination country, people shipping APO mail must fill out a customs form and adhere to the restrictions of the final destination country.  

    How Does Troopster Deal With APO Mail Restrictions?

    At Troopster, we’ve spent countless hours researching these restrictions so you don’t have to.  Buy one of our great care package options, upload photos from home, add a note, and we take care of the rest of the APO mail headache for you!  

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