For those who have "experience" with mailing boxes Priority Mail through the USPS to military bases
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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:54:58 PM
I have a question because I'm rather frustrated.

My son recently graduated from Navy boot camp and is now stationed on a Navy base in Florida. He hasn't been able to wear civilian clothes, but he can after this weekend. So, I went to the post office today to mail him a few things he wants. There is a Priority Mail box that is specifically for mail going to military bases. I looked on the USPS website, and it said it would be 12.95 to mail it. It's a large box, and the military rate for the large box is the same as the regular rate for a medium priority box.

With me so far? LOL

Well, I filled out the little sticker with my son's address and when the clerk put the address in the computer, it rang up at 16.95. I was surprised since I had just looked online before I left home to see how much it would be. I said, "oh, I thought it was supposed to be 12.95." She replied (in a really snotty tone of voice), "That's if it's going to a military base. If not, that's the rate for a large box."

I said, (nicely by the way!) "It is going to a military base. It's to my son who is on a Navy base."

She says (again in a snotty voice), "Well, it's going to Florida. It's a large box. That is the rate."

Me: Yes, it's going to Florida. To a Navy base.

Snotty postal clerk: Ma'am, all I do is type in the address and the computer tells me what to charge.

Me: Okay, so what kind of address do I need to have, because that is the address of the military base, so I'm confused.

Snotty postal clerk: Ma'am, all I do is type in the address and the computer tells me what to charge.

Me: (becoming slightly irritated by this point): Well, what do you think is wrong with this address? It's a military base, and I don't understand why it's coming up at the regular rate.

Snotty postal clerk (who is becoming snottier by the minute): Ma'am, all I do is type in the address and the computer tells me what to charge.

Me (Becoming quite irritated by this point, but I am still trying to be nice): I realize that. But, I am trying to find out exactly what type of address I need for the future, because this is a military base, and I would like to get the military rate when I mail things to my son.

Can you guess what she said in response? LOL You guessed it: Ma'am, all I do is type in the address and the computer tells me what to charge.

At that point, I just paid, took my receipt and left. But, I still want to know what you have to do to be able to use the military box and get the military rate.

does anyone know? I just wrote the address my son gave me.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:59:19 PM
I think the address has to have APO/FPO in it, my dd is a Marine in San Diego living on post but her address is a PO Box number so no military rates for me.

When ds was in the Navy, when he was in Iraq he had a APO address so I got the rate then.

He just got out last summer and is already thinking of trying to get back in so tell your ds to think long and hard before he gets out at the end of this first tour.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:00:50 PM
Sounds like your son may be on my base. Yes that is about right. In the continental United States they use the US post office. It's the same as if I mailed a box from my house to yours since I don't live on base.

The military rate is for when it's going overseas to an APO or FPO address.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:04:25 PM

The military rate is for when it's going overseas to an APO or FPO address.




Okay. Sheesh, would it really have been THAT hard for the postal clerk to tell me that? I wasn't being nasty or anything. I was just confused. I'm new to this military stuff. LOL

My son is in Pensacola, by the way. My other son is also in the Navy. Right now, he is in Great Lakes, but he leaves tomorrow for a 3 year deployment to Japan.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:04:42 PM
The military flat rate boxes are for APO/FPO addresses not for addresses in the US.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:07:48 PM
Yep, needs to be APO or FPO address to be eligible for military rate.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:08:49 PM
The box does say APO/FPO...what does that even stand for? I understand now that it is for mail going out of the country. I still don't get why the gal at the post office didn't just SAY that. If she would have said from the get go, "Ma'am, that rate is for when you are sending it out of the country to a military base," I would have just said okay and moved along. LOL

And no, she's not new. She's been there a long time.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:11:38 PM
APO, which stands for Army Post Office
FPO, which stands for Fleet Post Office



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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:15:50 PM
We're you at the post office in Clayton? That group that works there are the laziest, rudest people I have ever met in my life.



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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:17:04 PM

We're you at the post office in Clayton? That group that works there are the laziest, rudest people I have ever met in my life.


No. St. Charles. Some workers there are awesome and friendly. Others...well, they just aren't. LOL

So now I know what the APO/FPO om the box stands for. I still don't get why she didn't just freaking tell me that. This is my first ever experience with anyone in the military, and all I was thinking was, "Cool! I get a break when I mail stuff to them!" LOL

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:44:54 PM
DH is a window clerk and he said you should complain to the station manager about your treatment by that woman. The post office is losing money everyday and cannot afford losing customers to UPS and FedEx.

If you don't want to do that, just go back, grab a half dozen of the flat rate Priority boxes (large, medium or both - you can take 'em, theyre free, you pay the postage when you ship) and just have them at home. When you fill one up, tape it up then slide down to the PO and send it! Also have your customs form filled out BEFORE you go. You'll need them for Japan, even though it's going to the APO/FPO address.

They make the preprinted boxes for APO/FPO but any large/medium Priority flat rate box should go @ the discounted rate when the clerk types in the overseas Zip Code.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:58:56 PM

They make the preprinted boxes for APO/FPO but any large/medium Priority flat rate box should go @ the discounted rate when the clerk types in the overseas Zip Code.


That is nice to know!! Before the exchange I told you about, I asked her if that is the only box that can be sent military rate and she said yes.

I doubt I'll complain. I have to go there to mail stuff for work all the time, and I don't want to piss her off even more. LOL I just wish she would have explained to me exactly what that box actually means. I have had no experience with the military at all...when my sons were in boot camp, we were told to only mail letters and cards, so I didn't send anything in a box. My oldest son had 8 days of leave after boot camp, so he came home and got his stuff. My youngest son didn't, so we have to mail stuff to him. We'll have another shipment in a few days. LOL We are sending him a laptop and some more clothes. I just sent him a few things today to get him by.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:35:23 PM
just like any profession, there are idiots. She should have explained it to you. Wouldn't have taken any more words than what she kept repeating. At the time I would have asked for her supervisor. You should not be treated that way.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 7:32:54 PM

DH is a window clerk and he said you should complain to the station manager about your treatment by that woman.


Would you please ask your DH to transfer to the Clayton post office and kick some booty? The manager at this location is worse than the employees! We jokingly (kinda) say that the PO must send employees to school to learn how to move at the speed of DEAD and train them to have a snarly attitude. GAH! These people are terrible!


Is the discount to overseas locations solely because of what the real postage rate would cost? Seems a shame that all military members don't receive a discount for packages sent to them. They are serving whether overseas or state side.


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