. Materials that are likely to cause fires due to
friction, absorption of moisture, spontaneous chemical
changes, or as a result of heat retained from
manufacturing or processing.
. Ammunition and explosives.
l Containers previously used for shipping high
explosives, such as dynamite.
. Intoxicating liquors.
. Items subject to damage from freezing and
permanently magnetic materials with unconfined fields
are not mailable by air shipment.
. Radioactive, combustible, gaseous liquid,
perishable material, and items subject to plant
quarantines are either unmailable or subject to special
mailing conditions. Detailed information on these
categories may be obtained from local postal authorities.
Military Official Mail (MOM)
MOM is a special procedure approved by the USPS
for providing air transportation of official mail
addressed to or from a military post office. It is handled
as third- or fourth-class mail at a cost cheaper than
priority mail. Refer to Navy Official Mail Management
Instructions, OPNAVINST 5218.7, for additional
MOM is the normal means of mailing official
parcels that require airlift to overseas destinations not
included in the domestic postal systems. It is also used
for mailing official parcels that do not meet the criteria
for priority or first-class mail. Mail that has a critical
date of delivery may be sent by MOM on a piece-
by-piece basis. Under no circumstances may both MOM
and first class be marked on the same package.
However, markings such as third-class MOM,
controlled circulation MOM, and third-class bulk rate
MOM are authorized if such mailings have a required
delivery date and are addressed to an overseas activity.
Express Mail Service
Express Mail Service (EMS) is an overnight service
developd by the USPS, and is available between
designated post offices in CONUS and to some points
served by international mail. Any mailable matter,
properly prepared, can be moved by EMS. At this time
EMS is not available for APO/FPO addresses, but can
be used to quickly ship material to CONUS APO/FPO
fleet forwarding post offices for normal service beyond.
Three basic services are offered by EMS. They are
sameday airport service, custom-designated service,
and next-day service. EMS is a premium means of
moving mail, and specific authorization for each case
must be requested from the Chief of Naval Operations
(Postal Affairs Branch).
Weight and Size Limitations
Material eligible for all classes of mail, including
MOM, is limited to 70 pounds or less and no more than
100 inches in length and girth combined. Individual
pieces of third-class mail may weigh up to, but not
exceed, 16 ounces, and the total weight placed in one
bag may not exceed 70 pounds. Fourth-class mail
parcels, including parcels marked Special Fourth-Class
Rate, must weight 16 ounces or more and may not
exceed 70 pounds or 100 inches in length and girth
The statement Postage and Fees Paid, DOD-316,
must be professionally imprinted in the upper right
comer of all envelopes, labels, tags, or wrappers used to
send official mailable matter, including matter sent by
any of the special mail services. The statements
Official Business and Penalty for Private Use,
0, must be imprinted in the upper left comer, below
the senders return address. Markings that show the mail
classification or type of special service, when
appropriate, must be stamped on the address side of the
parcel. The city, state, and ZIP Code must be the last line
of the address, and no other information may appear
below this line.
TRANSPORTATION AND MOVEMENT
The Military Standard Transportation and
Movement Procedures (MILSTAMP), DOD
4500.32-R, provides DOD policy for the transportation
and movement of material through the DTS. Volume I
contains standard data elements, codes, formats,
documents, forms, rules, methods, and procedures.
These are information required by DOD activities in the
transportation and movement of material to, within, and
beyond the DTS. Volume II contains instructions and
procedures for applying transportation account codes
(TAC) to transportation documents.
MILSTAMP policy simplifies the exchange of
logistics data between armed services and agencies.
Deviation or exemptions may not be approved unless
the user shows that MILSTAMP does not provide
workable methods or procedures.