Army soldiers from the 3rd Signal Battalion 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment Ft. Polk, LA sort through mail at the United Nations headquarters complex in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on May 7, 2003. The 3rd Signal Battalion 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment receive mail every 2-3 weeks. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraqs weapons of mass destruction and the regime of Saddam Hussein. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Hannen) (Released), Official Photo by: STAFF SGT. MATTHEW HANNEN, 1ST COMBAT CAMERA SQUADRON , , , SOUTH WEST ASIA
 

ZIP Codes have been selected, and disseminated to family and friends of mission personnel. Inquiries on unit numbers and their assigned ZIP Codes should be addressed to the respective service headquarters.

Family members and friends who wish to correspond with known Army service members may send mail based on geographic assignment.

The correct format and locations are:

Format for Army Personnel:

Rank/Name

Unit of Assignment Operation Joint Forge APO AE 097XX

09779 = Zagreb, Croatia 09789 = Army in U.S. Sector of Bosnia
09780 = Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina 09793 = Army in Hungary
09781 = Split and Ploche, Croatia  

Hotline: A toll free hotline has been established at MPSA to assist mailers in verifying active ZIP Codes in support of operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and any restrictions imposed on them.

The number is 1-800-810-6098. The phone is manned on weekdays from 0800-1600 hours (Eastern Standard Time).

Free Mail: Free mail is outgoing personal correspondence to include audio and video recordings that weigh 13 ounces or less, mailed postage free by service members from a designated area.

Customs: Mail going to service members in Bosnia-Herzegovina through the Military Postal System is subject to the same restrictions as the international system. Consult your local post office for a current list of restrictions for mailing to ZIP codes located in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Mail Transit Times: Under the normal conditions, letters and packages sent from the continental United States to the Bosnia-Herzegovina theater can be expected to arrive between 8 to 10 days. Mail sent from Germany to Bosnia should arrive in 2 to 4 days.