This is a US customs forms 2976-A. It is
used on any package weighing over four pounds. You can request
these at the Post Office. You can request them the same way that
you requested your Military Mail pack.
Sometimes they have them lying around the Post Office.
After you fill out your customs form, you will
have to take it and your package to the Post Office. The form
must be stamped. You cannot just leave it for the mail carrier
or put it in a Automated Postal Center.
Write in your name. Leave the business
line blank. Write in your street address, city,
state, and ZIP code.
Write in your soldier's name.
Leave the business line blank. Most military
addresses are two lines long. Write this on the two street
lines. Write the ZIP code where it says "postcode."
For the city, put in APO or FPO. For the state,
put in AE or AP or AA. Leave the country blank, or
put in "USA." Do not put in Iraq or Afghanistan or
wherever the box will end up. The Post Office is taking it
to the Army or Navy. The military will take your package
In the detailed description of the
contents, write what you put in the box. This can be as
detailed as you want it. The one I sent recently said
"books, clothing, snacks, personal hygiene items, candy,
stationery." This covered three books, a package of
men's briefs, beef jerky, goldfish crackers, a razor and
replacement blades, some Kleenex packets, five tubes of suntan
lotion, three small bottles of sanitizing wash, two packs of moist
towelettes, dental floss, some hard candies, and two packs of
3" x 5" notecards.
You can fill in the quantities if you
wish. This is really more about commercial samples. I
leave it blank.
Value is, again, primarily for
commercial samples. I leave this blank.
Fill in the Total Value.
Guess. I usually put something between $20 and $50.
Check the box labeled Airmail/Priority
unless you are sending something that is too large to fit into a
Flat Rate box.
Check the box labeled Gift.
Date and sign the form.
Click the option to Redirect to Address
Below. In the space, write "any chaplain or
commanding officer," just like on the top of the box or the
If you send something that weighs more than four
ounces but less than four pounds, you will need to use form
It asks for basically the same information, but in
a smaller form.