The Illogic of the Army Post Office

By on August 23, 2013

There is a weight restriction for US military personnel based abroad receiving packages from the United States. It is 1 pound. This rule seems to be strictly enforced.

I’ll begin by saying that I’m not an American. I am currently teaching in South Korea and have been for the past 5 years now. I have a friend that I work with, and he is retired from the military. In light of this, he still has access to the post here and the perks that go with it. Sending and receiving mail is one of these. Of course, shipping and receiving packages is much cheaper using the army post office than sending them regular mail.

Several times he has ordered packages and has had them returned due to weight restrictions. Don’t get me wrong, as it is not the restrictions that I am questioning. I total understand the logic and cost factors behind it. In may ways, I support it. It is, however, the process that I shake my head at. The package is shipped from the States and arrives in Korea. It is weighed and found to be over the restricted weight. It is then rejected and flown back to the United States. Would it not be easier and less of a burden on resources to weigh it in the States and reject it there? Are they not doubling the cost of shipping? It’s truly cutting off your nose to spite your face.

You comments are welcomed.

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