Special mailing addresses for service people in Bosnia
The Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) has designated addresses the public may use to send mail to soldiers deployed in support of Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia as well as to family members who remained home in Germany.
"Any Service Member/Any Family Member Mail" is mail sent by the general public to an unspecified service member or the families of deployed service members, as an expression of support or patriotism.
MPSA, in coordination with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), has initiated the special program. Three distinct zip codes and addresses are available. There is a 70-pound USPS weight limit; however, it is recommended that parcels be no larger than a shoe box.
The addresses are:
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps land forces: Any Service Member, Operation Joint Endeavor, APO AE 09397.
Navy and Marine Corps personnel aboard ship: Any Service Member, Operation Joint Endeavor, FPO AE 09398.
Families in Germany: Any Family Member, Operation Joint Endeavor, APO AE 09399.
The special "Operation Valentine" begins Feb.1 and ends Feb.28. This national campaign supporting U.S. troops in Bosnia is sponsored by No Greater Love, a humanitarian organization. School children across America are encouraged to send Valentines to:
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps land forces: No Greater Love, c/o Operation Joint Endeavor, APO AE 99391.
Navy and Marine Corps personnel aboard ship: No Greater Love, c/o Operation Joint Endeavor, FPO AE 09392.
A toll-free hotline has been established at MPSA to assist mailers: 1-800-810-6098.
Outgoing personal correspondence, including audio and video recordings that weigh 11 ounces or less, is mailed postage-free by service members from a designated area.
Mail going to service members in Bosnia-Herzegovina through the Military Postal System is subject to the same restrictions as the international system. Host country customs officials usually prohibit the entry of coins, bank notes, currency notes, precious metals and stones, narcotics, alcohol, firearms and ammunition.
Other than the customs restrictions noted above, there are no restrictions on mail addressed to deployed service members. Restrictions are sometimes necessary to reduce the competition for the available transportation assets.
Under normal conditions, letters and packages sent from the continental United States to the Bosnia-Herzegovina theater can be expected to arrive in eight to 10 days. Mail sent from Germany to Bosnia should arrive in two to four days.