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Magazine BA Magazine to Soldier in Afghanistan?

Discussion in 'Support & Suggestions' started by jwatson54, Aug 23, 2013.

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  1. jwatson54

    jwatson54 Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2010 Maine

    Hey everyone,

    I hope this isn't a redundant thread - I tried searching but couldn't find anything.

    I've got a buddy deploying to Afghanistan with the US Army, and as he's a huge beer lover, I wanted to send him something to pass the time while he's over there, so I was thinking I'd get him a subscription to BA magazine. First, can BA send a subscription to an APO? Second, I know that no alcohol is allowed to be sent to soldiers in Afghanistan due to Afghan customs, but is it alright to send him BA since it's about alcohol? I want him to get the magazine as a good way to destress, but I certainly don't want to get him in trouble.

    Thanks for your guidance,

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  2. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (329) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia
    Beer Trader

    I'd buy him a beer before he goes, and a good book or two. Maybe collect some beers for him while he's gone.

    Seems like a tease to send beeradvocate.
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  3. FrankHammer

    FrankHammer Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Could always do the digital subscription if he has consistent internet access.
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  4. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,644) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
    Beer Trader

    I wouldn't think it would be a problem, but never deployed there.
  5. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,466) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    It shouldn't be a problem, my son is there now, only rules on incoming stuff no porn, no alcohol. Better you send it tours are getting shorter now, and it might be a problem later changing addresses.
  6. TommyLiam

    TommyLiam Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2013 Arizona

    I've done two tours. If he's done a deployment before ask him what he wants. If not then email him a month after he gets in theatre. He'll tell you. Mail call is like Christmas, don't get creative, just give them what they ask for.
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  7. jwatson54

    jwatson54 Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2010 Maine

    Thanks for the advice, everyone. Unfortunately he deploys from overseas this weekend so no beer runs possible before then. Last time I saw him we did crack open some saved Hopslam though, which was amazing as always. I like the idea of a digital subscription, though I think he'd like to get things in the mail- think I'll take the plunge and get it for him, and if he needs other stuff while he's there, I can send that too.

    Thanks again, and cheers!
  8. Haywire

    Haywire Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    I did two tours in Iraq. It's possible to send beer and alcohol, it just depends on how you pack it and whether it gets the full pat down. However, it's definitely not approved. And this is based off of my experience back in 04 so not sure if customs has gotten tougher since then.

    Sending the magazine is definitely cool though. I'm sure he'll enjoy it as it'll help kill time. I read a hell of a lot more out there as a way to pass time. Anything to remind him of home is better than the reality he is in.
  9. Hdredfern

    Hdredfern Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Texas

    constant internet was a problem for me when I was in Iraq a few years ago, we would go days with out it and when we did have some it would be entirely slow.
  10. Hdredfern

    Hdredfern Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Texas

    yeah they got tougher, when i was stationed on the Adder any liquid was inspected and packages were pretty well screened for any alcohol/pornography/drugs. you got to love when your care packages look like they were ripped apart...
  11. Hdredfern

    Hdredfern Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Texas

    Yeah man this is an awesome gesture, I would have loved to received this magazine when I was there.
  12. standardcherry

    standardcherry Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Digital isn't available outside the US (and Canada I think).
  13. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,112) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
    Staff Subscriber

    While you can send him a subscription, which BTW is a great idea, we do run into a problem of delivery times let alone copies just not showing up at all. A few too many emails stating they missed issues / never received them. Personally I'd advise against sending a subscription to an APO within that region.
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  14. Haywire

    Haywire Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    This is definitely true. Our mail would usually take around 3 - 4 weeks to get to us, if it even got to us. A couple of times, our mail trucks were blown up en route. And in some cases, as we were deployed to a FOB, mail would never reach us, sometimes disappearing all together.

    Basically, you're taking a gamble on sending any type of mail to an APO in a hostile war zone.
  15. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Aspirant (202) Nov 16, 2010 Washington

    Seems like an opportunity for BA be beer advocates and send several copies of each issue to him so he can share with the guys.
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