FM SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
CNO WASHINGTON DC
CMC WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC//JUL//
SUBJ/MANDATORY USE OF NINE-DIGIT ZIP CODE FOR MOBILE UNIT ADDRESSES//
REF/A/LTR/USPS USE OF NINE-DIGIT ZIP CODE/13FEB2013/-/NOTAL//
AMPN/REF A PROVIDES DETAILS ON ZIP+4 REQUIREMENTS FOR NAVY MOBILE UNITS//
RMKS/1. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is resizing military mail processing operations from two coastal locations to one location in Chicago, IL to gain efficiencies in military mail delivery. As part of this effort, new procedures affecting configuration of mobile Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses have been implemented to completely leverage automated mail sorting equipment and reduce manual sorting workload.
2. Each Navy mobile unit (i.e., ships, squadrons, and detachments)has a unique, nine-digit (ZIP+4) FPO ZIP code. Per reference (a), and effective immediately, the sender must include the full, correct, nine-digit ZIP code on all classes of mail, or USPS will return mail to sender marked undeliverable as addressed. (Editor note: emphasis added.)
3. Service members must ensure all correspondents, personal and professional, are aware of and use the full, correct, nine-digit ZIP code. Navy mobile units should promulgate this policy change, with their nine-digit ZIP code, via plan of the day notes, site TV announcements, family-grams, and/or any other media means available.
4. Released by Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy.//