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  • Customs Forms?
  • Don't Mix Food and Non-Food Contents!
  • Email?
  • Forwarding? (How to and why it might not work)
  • Flat Rate? The cheapest way?
  • Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate Box
  • How do you address the packages?
  • Insured and Registered?
  • Just Letters?
  • Large Mailings?
  • Lost mail? Send an e-mail to the military
  • Not from the USA?
  • Packing?
  • Postage?
  • Regional & Flat Rate Boxes?
  • Returned (Bounced) Packages?
  • USPS Military Care Packages?
  • Want a Reply?
  • What can't you send?

    Much more information on our FAQ page! Click HERE.

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    Note #1: When is the deadline?

    The most often asked question is "When is the deadline to send things?" The answer is simple, there isn't any. It (generally) takes about 10-14 days for a package to go Priority to Afghanistan. We have heard of a record 5 days to Afghanistan! Who knows what will happen tomorrow? As long as an address is posted, it is current. If a Coast Guardsman's name disappears, and you sent them something, don't worry as we try our best to work in the 2 week lag time for the mail.

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    Note #2: Can't use "Any Soldier"?

    We wish to thank the many hundreds of postal workers who have been doing a great job helping our supporters! However, some folks are running into a problem with a postal clerk or two who won't accept packages addressed as we show here. Those postal clerks are misinformed.

    There IS NO USPS regulation concerning "Any Soldier", however there is a DOD Postal Manual (DOD 4525.6-M) Issue #22093 dated 9 January 2003, which states, "a. Mail addressed to "Any Service Member," or similar wording such as "Any Soldier," "Sailor," "Airman," or "Marine"; "Military Mail", etc., is prohibited. Mail must be addressed to an individual or job title such as "Commander," "Commanding Officer," etc."

    All of our addresses belong to real Coast Guardsmen with the addition of an attention line, which is completely legal. The real Coast Guardsman is aware of and volunteered for this program, and uses the attention line as notification of what the package is for.

    Some postal clerks get confused by this so we suggest to avoid any arguments you simply draw a line through the attention line. The Coast Guardsman will see this and appreciate your valor at the post office and he/she will still know what to do. We don't advocate getting into an argument with anyone.

    For the record, we do not dislike Postal Clerks. May we go on record as congratulating all the folks at the LaPlata, Maryland Post Office. Not only have they all been extremely kind, helpful and informative, they must be among the most fit bunch of folks around with all they have handled from the Any Soldier Inc. effort!

    For a printable version of "Note#2" click HERE, print it and take to the postal clerks who don't have a clue.


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