Military Postal Service Agency formed in 1980

1980

Military Postal Service Agency formed

Each military service and government agency managed its own mail program until 1980 when the Military Postal Service Agency was formed.

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Military and diplomatic mail in brief

Each military service and government agency managed its own mail program until 1980 when the Military Postal Service Agency was formed. The Department of Defense designated the Secretary of the Army as the single military mail manager.

Military members and diplomats receive virtually the same level of service as if they were at home in the United States. Differences are based on the country in which they’re stationed and the type of mission in which they’re involved.

Military and diplomatic mail moves within the United States via the USPS transportation network to major mail processing facilities.

If it’s First-Class Mail, Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express, the item moves from major airport gateways in the U.S. to overseas airport gateways on commercial aircraft. It’s then moved by various methods to designated military or diplomatic postal facilities to delivery to individuals. Mail also moves by military aircraft when necessary.