The army postal service, a department depending only to the Ministry of the Armed Forces, was, until 1973 (that is during the validity period of the stamp 0,50F Marianne de Béquet), made up of two different entities: the military mail and the naval mail. Since September 12, 1973, there is only one service: the military post. This service has been organized under a number of organisms, we will describe and illustrate now.
Military Post Offices
A Military Post Office (B.P.M. in French) has an activity comparable to a civilian full service post office (mail processing, financial services...). Some post office annexes have existed until 1977.
Naval Post Offices
There was five Naval Post Offices (B.P.N. in French) during the reporting period. They made the same operations than B.P.M.
Military Post Agencies
Attached to the closest civilian post office, Military Post Agencies (A.P.M. in French) had a virtually identical activity as that of a civilian post office. There were military post agencies for land, sea and air defence forces.
A Naval Office (B.N. in French) is embarked on a ship and has an activity of mail processing and routing, of sales of stamps, of money orders service…
Naval Post Agency
A Naval Post Agency is a mail agency embarked on a ship of the navy having more than 500 sailors on board.
Philatelic or temporary Offices and commemorative marks