Military Tape Formatting
Military Name Tape Formatting

For cadets and military personnel, we recommend the following name tape formatting.

When shipping name tapes to military installations, use the following guidelines when entering shipping information to ensure proper delivery.

1. Enter the full name of the addressee - Mail addressed to 'Any Service Member' or similar wording such as 'Any solids, Sailor, Airman or Marine' is prohibited. Mail must be addressed to an individual name or job titles, such as 'Sergeant' or 'Private First Class'.
2. Enter the unit of Post Office box number.
3. Enter the city. The city must be entered as either "APO","FPO" or "DPO". Do NOT put the name of the actual city. View our Glossary of Terms to better understand what these terms mean.
4. Enter the state - The State must be either "AA", "AE", or "AP". Do NOT put the name of the actual state or country.
5. Enter the zip code - Enter the 5-digit zip code for the military unit. It must start with 0 or 9.

When selecting your shipping method, use the following table to understand the timing it will take to deliver your package to a military installation.

Destination State First 3 digits
of zip code
Priority Mail
Priority Mail/
First-Class Mail
Package Service
Parcel Select
Europe/Atlantic AE 090-092-and
3 days 7 to 9 days 30 to 45 days
Middle East
AE 093 NONE 7 to 13 days 20 to 24 days
Islands/Far East
AP 962-966 3 days 7 to 9 days 30 to 45 days
Central America/South
AA 340 NONE 7 to 9 days 18 to 21 days