Marine Corps Physical

When a recruit prepares to join the Marine Corps, they are required to make a trip to a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). There are 65 MEPS in the US and a recruit will go to the processing station that it closest to wherever they live. It is part of the initial processing of joining the Marines. Recruits may visit MEPS for a second time on the day they ship out for basic training.

At MEPS, military personnel from any military service and civilians are staffed to test a potential recruit’s physical health and aptitude required by each branch of the military, the Department of Defense, and the federal government.

Marine Recruit Pre-screening

The first step to complete at MEPS is a pre-screening with your recruiter. Your Marine Corps recruiter will help you complete a DD (Department of Defense) Form 2807-2. Your recruiter will send this form to MEPS and medical personnel will determine if any of your listed medical conditions automatically disqualify you from enlisting in the Marine Corps. Your recruiter will also make sure that you bring any required medical records with you to MEPS.

You’ll probably want to bring records describing any surgeries, hospitalizations, counseling, heart conditions, or any other major health services you’ve needed.

When you go to MEPS, you’ll want to bring your social security card, birth certificate and driver’s license or state id. If you wear contacts, bring along glasses and a contact case.

Don’t bring inappropriate clothing (clothing with vulgar images, profanity, etc). Don’t bring a hat. Don’t bring a lot of money or valuables, there are a lot of folks around and you’ll be busy being shuffled from one station to another.

Recruit Arrival at MEPS

MEPS Military Entrance Processing Station

A potentional Marine Corps Recruit enters a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)

Recruits will need to take the ASVAB test if they haven’t already. The ASVAB test is an aptitude test that makes sure you have the mental aptitude required for Marine Corps life and it helps determine what kind of job you qualify for once you finish recruit training. If you have already taken the test within the last two years and you passed it, you will not have to retake it at MEPS.

You may have to stay in a nearby hotel while you go through MEPS processing (usually it takes one to two days to complete). The military will cover your hotel and food expenses. You’ll probably be roomed with another person who is also at MEPS; it is possible that they’ll be enlisting in a different branch of the military than you.

You’ll spend most of your time at MEPS waiting to be seen at whichever station you are told to report to next. You’ll undergo various tests and evaluations to make sure that you qualify to join the Marine Corps and some tests to target what job in the Marine Corps will best suit you.

USMC MEPS Medical Evaluation

At MEPS, a potential Marine Corps recruit will have to take a blood and urine test. Tests will check for HIV, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, RPR, the presence of alcohol/drugs. You’ll be tested for the pH, blood, protein, and specific gravity in your urine and female recruits will be tested to see if they are pregnant.

You will take a hearing test and a vision test. You’ll have your weight checked. You’ll meet with several different doctors to evaluate your overall health.

MEPS Pre-Enlistment Recruit Interview

Once a potential Marine Corps recruit has successfully completed all of the physical and aptitude testing, they have to meet with a MEPS Military Processing Clerk for a one-on-one interview. You’ll be fingerprinted and asked questions regarding possible law violations, past drug/alcohol abuse, and other issues that are relevant to your service in the Marine Corps. You’ll be briefed on the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Fraudulent Enlistment Policy and restrictions on personal conduct while in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP).

US Marine Corps MEPS Enlistment Oath Ceremony for New Recruits

After the evaluations, pre-enlistment interview and you have signed your pre-enlistment contract, you will be ready for the Marine Corps recruit enlistment oath ceremony. You’ll be taught how to properly stand at attention. You’ll take the oath and sign an enlistment contract that enlists you into the Delayed Entry Program. Family and friends are allowed at the ceremony if you wish. You’ll then be able to check-out and go home.

21 thoughts on “Meps”

  1. My Son walked into the Augusta, Ga Marine Corp office. He took the pretest and scored well. He had a misdemeanor charge that was taken care of. He was told it takes months for a waiver and now no calls. How long does a waiver decision as to whether he can or cannot become a Marine?

  2. I have a student who is interested in joining the Marines. He qualifies for special education services as a result of his other health impairment, ADHD, communication/speech and a specific learning disability in math reasoning. He is in the 10th grade but math and reading ability is measured to be at the 4th grade level. Do any of these factors disqualify him?

    1. If he is in high school but can only understand Dr. Seuss, then yes he is disqualified automatically. The Marines are no place for the mentally impaired.

  3. I would like to join the Marines one day when I am older. I would also like some tips on what I could work on to increase my chances of becoming one, my parents are making me attend Anapolis Naval Academy when i get older but i wanted to know if anyone could give me any advice on becoming a Marine later on.

    1. You want to study, but you also want to make sure you are P.Ting i just got though meps and i didnt do as wells as i should have on the IST make sure you are knocking out pull ups and sit ups also running you make sure you can do that and you should be fine good luck

  4. At two, he played dress-up in camo. He recruited every kid in the neighborhood to come play. Now a Senior . . . and DEP’d into the US MARINES. His Father and I couldn’t be prouder of his life long intent to serve his Country and fellow man. John Bishop Kenny, you’ve been an outstanding child, young man, Son; you’ll be an upstanding MARINE. May your Higher Power always guide you and protect you.

  5. I am ready to enlist for Active duty! I wish not to wait any longer. Ready to get my life back in order. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

  6. One precious son already serving as a Marine!
    Now another precious one leaving for MEPS tomorrow!
    I pray God they always know you will hold them in your hands, stay close in their hearts, and give them strength when they have none and humility when need some.
    Alex my oldest already serving as a Marine , Michael my next son off to MEPS tomorrow ,your family loves you both so much and we are so proud
    of you both!
    As , your mother, boys stay safe, stay close to God, and please remember you both are loved so
    I love you Alex !
    I love you Michael !
    Urmom always , because you have enough friends.

  7. My boyfriend is about to go to meps, he just passed his avab, the marines is a goood choice! <3 ooohhraaah. Semper Fi!(:

    1. go to the nearest recruiting station or armed forces carrier center there you will find all the branches offices and recruiters

  8. pretty good discription of a visit to meps but you forgot to include that everyone at meps will have a horrible attitude and will be handing out rude comments at every turn.

    1. Sorry you had a bad experience but not every MEPS you go to will be the same. There are some people who work at MEPS with bad attitudes but that’s very far and few that I’ve seen.

  9. I was DQ’d in my prescreening due to shoulder surgery and have since had a civilian orthopedic doc give me a physical and he gave me a clean bill of health and had that submitted with no response yet. I’m in great physical shape and don’t know what else I can do. I need advice for any avenue that I can take. I want to make sure that I do everything possible. I’m sure my recruiter is trying but at times get the feeling that he thinks its a lost cause and not doing everything he can, what is there that I can do?

  10. Good Morning, I am writing this email with the intention of garnering some support from the United States Marine Corps, which I so very proudly served almost 30 years ago. We are holding our annual American Heroes 5K/10K at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy in Whittier and have been unable to get any support this or last year. Is hard is it is, for me to say. The U.S. Army has really step in with static displays and even troops to run in formation with the kids and families for the fun run portion of the event. I am respectfully requesting that a push from recruitment go out to the “Band of Brothers” and encourage some of our local reserve companies to attend with the same type of support. You may or may not know that San Diego Police Officer Henwood who was murdered over the weekend was a US Marine Reserve who just returned from Afghanistan. I can’t think of a more fitting example of the Marine Corps taking care of their own. Please contact for additional information .
    “Semper Fi until I die.”

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