Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) are located throughout the country and they are the first introduction to the world of the military and military acronyms.
MEPS are where the military reviews and chooses its members. They are the military’s front line, so to speak. MEPS specialize in the art of selecting just the right recruits for the military through a series of carefully engineered tests.
Each MEPS is run by a Commander who oversees the facility and liaisons with the civilian personnel office (CPO). MEPS personnel fittingly includes military and civilians. These professionals will decide if recruits have the moral character, aptitude and physical qualifications to serve in the military.
Testing at MEPS starts with taking the CAT-ASVAB, which is an aptitude test that can be taken on a computer, or using the standard paper and pencil method. Each branch of the Department of Defense (DoD) accepts recruits based on their CAT-ASVAB test results.
At MEPS you will also undergo a physical that includes:
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Urine and blood tests
- A complete physical exam and interview
- Examination of muscle groups and dexterity
- Hearing and vision tests
- Height and weight
- Any other tests deemed to be necessary
- A pregnancy test for women
MEPS will also ask you to complete a medical history. After your initial assessment you will meet with service representatives from the different sections of the military you are interested in based upon your CAT-ASVAB test. They will discuss your tests, history and goals at length with you before you enlist. The DoD is going to invest a lot of time and money in training you and this is a life changing decision on your part as well. Overnight accommodations are available if you live far enough away to merit using them.
Come to MEPS prepared for the interview of your life. Be well rested and present your best self by being clean, well kept, on time and polite.