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This chapter describes the mission and proponency of the postal operations management system, its postal network, doctrinal requirements, and standards of support. The mission of postal operations is to operate a network to process mail and provide postal services within a theater of operations. Postal operations management includes all actions required to dispatch mail for movement from its point of origin to its ultimate destination and provide associated services.

The flow of ordinary and accountable mail in the theater starts with transportation units transporting unit mail from a theater seaport or airport to a military mail terminal MMT. It ends with a unit mail clerk delivering the mail to addressees.

MPSA is the single mail manager for military mail. Statutory requirements are found in United States Code and Code of Federal Regulations listed by 5425.6-m in the following references. The following references address postal policy, procedures, and guidance throughout the postal operations system:. The little information gleaned from the Southern press indicating no great obstacles to your progress.

I have directed your mails, which had previously been collected in Baltimore by Col. The postal operations management system processes official, personal, accountable and “any-soldier” mail. Personal mail is that addressed to individual soldiers and civilians.

Official mail is that addressed to military or other governmental organizations.

FM Personnel Doctrine – Chptr 6 Postal Operations Management

Accountable mail is that which is registered, numbered, insured, or certified. The postal network makes special provisions for processing “any soldier” mail by assigning it a unique contingency APO number.

It is still treated as personal mail. Official mail can be moved through the postal system until it reaches the postal services platoon of the unit do.

Official mail is delivered from the postal platoon to the addressee through official mail distribution channels which is a Signal Corps responsibility.

A postal operations platoon routes the mail to postal services platoons which separate it by unit. Unit mail clerks receive and sort the mail and provide it to addressees. The standard of service for first class mail is 12 to 18 days from the point of origin to individual soldiers worldwide.

First class mail is all air-mailable matter that has the character of actual and personal correspondence. The postal operations management network coordinates mail transportation requirements with transportation managers at each level of command. This applies to both inbound and outbound mail.

Postal operations management will often be required to coordinate within the joint operations community. Assigned APO numbers for a unit remain constant throughout the operation. This module must support unit relocation, unit reassignment from one command to anotherand individual reassignment from one unit to another.

Processing mail based on its priority is situational dependent. During Christmas time, many soldiers would receive parcels at a quicker rate than letter mail. Because of the bulk of packages, they would often be processed almost immediately after arrival at the postal company, often at the expense of bagged letter mail that arrived many days earlier.

The standard for a theater of operations is unrestricted mail service. The CINC may lift restrictions and permit parcels as the theater matures, more postal personnel become available, and the theater ground transportation and airlift are able to handle the estimated increase in volume created when restrictions are lifted.

Free mail must originate from a free mail area designated by the President or Secretary of Defense or from any Armed Forces medical facility.

These services must meet statutory criteria and will generally apply only to personal correspondence first class mail in the form of letters, post cards, and cassette or video tapes not exceeding 12 ounces, sent from personnel in the approved free mail area to addressees entitled to USPS services. In accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act signed by the President as law 30 Novemberthis privilege is extended to civilians, DoD employees, and DoD contractor employees who are essential to and directly supporting the military operation, as determined by the CINC.


Postal services platoons provide postal finance services to the extent possible consistent with the theater mail policy. These services include money order and stamp sales, accountable mail services, and package mailing.

Postal services 4525.6-m provide finance services within brigade support areas and to soldiers and civilians in corps and echelons above corps EAC areas. Units can coordinate with the services postal platoon leader to provide limited mobile postal finance services to units or teams not located near the postal platoon.

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The medical treatment facility MTF coordinates with the services postal platoon in its area to provide the MTF commander with necessary postal finance services to patients. I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication in relation to the expediency of establishing a Money Post Office at City Point, and asking my wishes on the subject.

In reply I have simply to 4525.6m that I fully approve the system and believe that it will be highly advantageous to the soldier in the transmission of his money to his family or relatives. The postal network 4525.6-j official and personal mail redirect service starting at the unit mail clerk level.

There are two forms of redirect services: Soldier redirect applies to individual pieces of mail requiring directory service prior to processing. This includes mail for individual soldiers who have changed units or locations as individuals and not with the unit.

They probably have new zip codes. The unit redirect function involves redirecting bags, trays, or pallets of mail because of task organization changes, unit relocation, or unit redeployment. Redirect services depend on the theater postal policy and the tactical situation.

All operations and services platoons provide redirect services.

A designated operations platoon s provides theater-level redirect services. The corps operations platoon s provides the primary redirect services for the corps. Services platoons handle redirect of unit mail within their area of responsibility and limited soldier redirect 45525.6-m.

Large volumes of soldier redirect mail are sent to the operations platoon for processing. The theater PERSCOM and the personnel groups provide personnel and unit assignment and location information in automated form to operations and services platoons.

During the height of activity, the Central Postal Directory for the European Theater of Operations during World War II employed as many as 4, personnel to locate and redirect mail to reassigned or wounded soldiers lost to the units to which they had been originally assigned.

This interface will enable the personnel system to determine patient location and status within the corps medical system. In accordance with DoD The postal services platoon s sends it through postal channels to the designated postal operations platoon s that processes casualty mail.

The theater PERSCOM will sod that there is an in-theater capability for postal operations platoons to hold, readdress, and redirect undelivered mail for all casualty categories. If the soldier’s or civilian’s status is missing in action, killed in action, or unknown, the postal services platoon labels the mail “search” and returns it through postal channels to the designated theater operations platoon.

This unit holds the mail until it can confirm through the theater PERSCOM that the casualty area commander has notified the next of kin, then returns it to the sender. When a soldier or civilian is a patient and the hospital is unknown, the postal services platoon labels the mail “hospital search” and returns it through postal channels to the designated postal operations platoon for redirect service.

When the postal services unit knows the hospital, it labels the mail “patient” and forwards it to the hospital through the postal network. Casualty 452.6-m processing requires special attention. This is essential to prevent premature casualty information disclosure and mail return before the casualty area commander notifies the next of kin. Figure depicts casualty mail flow. The Geneva Convention, relative to the treatment of prisoners of war, identifies the need for EPW mail operations.


TCPrisoners of War, Chapter 2, addresses mail. Theater PERSCOM will assess dodd needs for international mail exchange within the theater of operation and identify the postal operations platoon to conduct that mission.

International mail is discussed in the following: I, Chapter 8; partDomestic Mail Manual, reference i ; and the individual country listings in the International Mail Manual, reference i. Host nation support can be a critical element of the postal support structure.

It frees the U. Fod nation personnel can be military or civilian, and they can handle all mail classes except official registered classified mail. Postal unit commanders must indoctrinate soldiers supervising host nation personnel in the customs, language, religion, and political conditions in the area of operations. Contamination may consist of nuclear, biological, or chemical agents. Suspicious mail may include conventional explosives or contraband.

These units decontaminate the mail, if possible, and return it to the postal network. If decontamination is not possible, they destroy the mail under appropriate postal supervision.

Postal units must coordinate with the local EOD unit for bomb support. Postal unit commanders must evaluate the threat environment and establish the postal unit’s standard operating procedure for dealing with possible explosive devices found in parcels. Once a package is discovered with a suspected explosive device, postal operations are immediately halted, and postal personnel and customers are immediately evacuated from the danger area.

The postal redirect function requires an integrated information management system throughout the theater of operations. A theater-wide network must provide individual and unit address information to all postal companies and platoons. Personnel services eod PSB regularly provide servicing postal units with updated data bases of units supported. The integrated information system must support requirements to generate and maintain a theater mail routing scheme.

This system will enable postal managers to align the location of units according to their servicing postal services platoon. Postal services platoons must have assured, real-time communications by both voice and data with the PSB, brigade S1s, postal company headquarters, postal operations platoons, corps personnel group, and transportation units. 5425.6-m services platoons require daily communication concerning task organization changes, mail delivery point location changes, mail routing scheme changes, casualty mail redirect, postal activity update, and USPS postal bulletins.

Company headquarters must have assured, real-time communications by both voice and data with postal platoons, the PSB, and the personnel group. Postal services platoons must have securable organic transportation cod safeguard and transport undispatched mail and associated items such as stamps, money orders, accountable mail, and packages.

They must also be able to carry percent of the personnel, authorized organizational equipment, common table of allowances CTA equipment, and USPS equipment to provide support in forward areas.


Postal units are not equipped with transportation to deliver mail at any level within xod theater. Postal units process and prepare mail for delivery, and the transporters deliver. Transportation must be coordinated for postal units from external sources at all command levels within the theater.

This process should be dos daily routine requirement within normal material movement channels in the logistics system. The USPS Transportation Handbook, addresses rules and regulations that apply to the transportation, transferring of accountability, security, and escort of the various classes and types of mail within the MPS. In spite of this, the Postal Service was

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