British Forces Post Office (BFPO) for using during deployments

Sending mail whilst on deployment using the BFPO

During deployment, communication is more important than ever, especially when wifi is either sporadic or in some locations, non-existent.

The postal addresses should be obtained from your serving person and it should include:

Service Number, Rank, Name
Unit/Regiment
Operation Name
BFPO Number (find online)

The BFPO has a services guide which helps advise you on how to use the BFPO, claim compensation and use the Enduring families free mail service (EFFMS). It also includes access to a location list and Christmas last dates of posting. This includes the Christmas Families Free Mail Service (CFFMS – page 5) which allows relatives and friends of Service Personnel in some locations, additional to those eligible for the Enduring Families Free Mail Service (EFFMS), to send letters and small parcels (up to a maximum of 2 kg) to them free of charge during this period. EFFMS will be in effect before and after these dates.

This guide also shares about restricted and prohibited items, such as alcohol, certain batteries, biological substances, financial document, living creatures (really), fragile items, perishables, plants to name a few.

Christmas Top Tips

Top tips from the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) to help you get your mail to loved ones at Christmas.

  • Don’t miss the mail this Christmas – post early!
  • Check your item isn’t oversize or overweight for the BFPO you’re sending to.
  • Check which items are prohibited – no Christmas crackers please!
  • Package carefully to prevent damage.
  • Never send mail to a service person you don’t know – this could stops mail getting through from loved ones, especially at Christmas.
  • Get those letters to Santa – little ones can even get a free reply if their letters are in the UK system by the deadline. 

Find full details of all the Latest Recommended Posting Dates and size limits and items you can’t send.

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