Troops’ Mail at Risk If U.S. Leaves International Postal Pact

  • Delayed holiday mail to U.S. troops could hurt morale
  • Contingency planning under way, agencies, postal service say

Troops abroad expecting holiday letters and packages from home could be disappointed if the U.S. withdraws from the Universal Postal Union in October, just ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to companies that handle international mail.

Their concern is that leaving the international postal body that regulates global mail delivery will inadvertently cut off mail service for at least some time to Army/Air Force Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO), and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) addresses.

The Department of Defense “is preparing contingency plans should there be any impacts to military mail,” said Fonda Bock at the Army Human Resources Command, which coordinates military mail handling with the U.S. Postal Service and foreign governments.

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