Post # 1
We are sending announcements to some of our friends who are overseas using their FPO addresses and I’m wondering the proper way to write out the addresses. I can’t find any information on the websites I’ve found about how to write out the addresses, but since no abbreviations are used would I address like this?
Mr. and Mrs. Blah
Postal Service Center 5 Box 1
Fleet Post Office Armed Forces Europe
It seems like it might be more confusing, but is this the correct way? Or should I only right out PSC and leave FPO AE abbreviated?
Post # 3
I did a little Google search and it seems that the overwhelming preference by the post office is to use the abbreviations to avoid confusion. I found this little blurb:
“Military Addresses: overseas locations must contain APO or FPO designations along with two character “state” abbreviation of AE, AP or AA ( AE is used for armed forces in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada; AP is for the Pacific; and AA is used for the Americas excluding Canada) plus the ZIP (e.g., APO AE 09001-4567)”
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2012 - Schloss Heiligenberg/ Spearfish Canyon Lodge
We had two FPO addresses on our guest list. I still wrote the addresses out in calligraphy, but left it with the acronyms as is. All arrived safely.
Post # 5
Thanks guys. I figured the abbreviations would be preferable, I just love the way it looks having everything written out, but knowning the military it would be too confusing LoL