The heavy load of packages to American troops in the Persian Gulf has become so massive that the Pentagon is requesting mail from home be limited for the next two to three weeks.

About 5 million pounds of mail is pouring in daily to the Persian Gulf for U.S. military personnel. But it is becoming more difficult to get packages from home to troops as their movements increase, the Pentagon said Saturday."The U.S. Central Command requests that families and friends of Desert Storm deployed service members voluntarily limit personal mail to first-class letters and audio cassettes until further notice," the Pentagon said.

Air Force Maj. Doug Hart said an average of 12 pounds of mail per person per day is winging its way to the gulf.

"Mail service was just being absolutely swamped. The problem is that if these guys on the front lines have got to move out, what are we going to do with their mail?" Hart said.