That's pretty darn good and so it should be that way for the troops serving away from home. Was the package sent entirely through the military postal service or did it start with the USPS? I wasn't actually deployed, I was posted for the summer (I was a member of the reserves so did short contracts, usually 4 months during the summer when I was at University) onboard one of the training ships I was qualified as an Engineer. We typically sailed around Vancouver Island out of our homeport of Esquimalt (adjacent to Victoria, BC) and around the Gulf Islands as well as up to Ketchikan, Alaska and down to Olympia Washington as we worked on training reserve officers in ship handling skills. Some fun times as the ships then still had bars onboard and we would get rip-snorting drunk onboard when we would hit a port and then go ashore to a club and only have to spend a little to stay drunk and have a good time. Onboard ship, the beers in the messes were $0.50 a can and hard liquor ran from $0.15 to $0.25 a shot. Duty and tax free so you could get royally wasted on $5.00!!