Officials at the Military Postal Service Agency in Washington have established dates by for sending mail from the United States to overseas military mailing addressees for the holidays.  In order to get

holiday gifts to deployed service members by 25 DEC, mailers should heed the U.S. Postal Service’s suggested deadlines.
 Parcel post packages to deployed troops and those living on overseas installations should be sent by 13 NOV.
  Customers missing the parcel post deadline have the following options:
Space-Available Mail (SAM) ñ 27 NOV;

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) ñ 4 DEC (except for ZIP codes starting with 093, which is 1 DEC);
Priority Mail and first-class letters and cards ñ 11 DEC (093 ZIP codes: 4 DEC);

Express Mail Military Services ñ 18 DEC (not available to 093 ZIP codes).
Parcel post packages sent to arrive by the start of Hanukkah at sundown 4 DEC should be mailed by 23 OCT. For other Hanukkah mailings, subtract 21 days from the deadlines listed above. To check mailing costs, visit USPS click on "calculate postage", then "calculate domestic postage".

 [Source: Armed Forces News 12 Oct 07 ++]

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