What to Expect at MEPS
If you are going to join the military you are going to have to visit the Military Processing Station. MEPS is a two day process that includes taking the ASVAB, a physical examination, choosing a job, and being sworn in. However, if you are in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) you will go to your branch’s DEP and go home after MEPS until your date for basic training. You are not in the military prior to MEPS; however, you will be asked to join.
ASVABThe score you get on this test will help determine your eligibility for the military and enlisted jobs.
For information and tips on ways to prepare for the ASVAB, visit All Military’s ASVAB Prep.
Physical ExaminationYou must be in good physical condition to undergo the stress put on your body during training.
The examination will consist of:
- Height Measurements
- Weight Measurements
- Hearing and Vision Exams
- Urine and Blood Tests
- Drug and Alcohol Tests
- Muscle group and joint maneuvers
You will be examined in your under garments.
Many medical conditions can be waivered with proper documentation. (You should have already informed your recruiter and knew to bring the documents. In this case honesty really is the best policy.)
Job SelectionPending that you met the physical and ASVAB requirements for your branch, you will meet with a liaison counselor who will tell you about job openings and enlistment agreement. The counselor will be able to answer questions about each job. This is a very important decision, so ask a lot of questions and take advantage of the counselor at your disposal.
Swearing InAfter pre-enlistment briefing, fingerprinting for the FBI, and a final interview family members will be welcome to watch and take pictures as you take the oath of enlistment.
You are now in the United States Military.