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
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.