How to make sure your package got to your military recipient

If you have a loved one or friend serving in the armed services or working as a civilian at an armed services base, you are probably familiar with Army Post Office (APO) and Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses. Only the United States Postal Service (USPS) can ship a package to an APO or FPO address, so you can only track your APO or FPO package if you get a tracking number from the USPS.

Before sending the package, be sure that you have properly addressed it. The address should show the recipient's grade, full name, PSC number, unit number or ship name. Put the full APO address with the special zip code.

Request a tracking service for the APO shipment from the postal employee who takes the package and be sure to keep the receipt showing the package's tracking number.

Allow sufficient time for the package to be delivered.

Access the United States Postal Service website at Enter the tracking number in the box labeled "Track & Confirm" and click "Go." The tracking information will appear on the next screen.

Things Needed

  • ['Tracking number from USPS', 'Internet access']


  • If you are sending a package to a combat zone, tracking may not be available. Though the postal employee who takes the package may tell you this if your APO address is in a known combat zone, remember that combat zones can change unexpectedly.