Ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their holiday mail in time is a priority for the Postal Service.

Ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their holiday mail in time is a priority for the Postal Service. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Deadlines for Christmas delivery to U.S. Military and APO/FPO depend on the destination. For most destinations, the following cutoff dates apply:

Priority Packages and First-Class Cards and Letters: Dec. 9 Priority Express Mail: Dec. 16

The Postal Service offers a $2 discount on its largest Flat Rate Priority Box when sent to an APO/FPO/DPO address.

USPS offers a free Military Kit consisting of:

• Two Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO Flat Rate Boxes

• Two Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes

• Priority Mail tape

• Priority Mail address labels To order the kit, call 800-610-8734.

Always check with www.usps.com, which will provide packaging tips, prohibited items and other customs requirements.