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What is MEPS? — America’s Navy

When entering MEPS, just relax in the long run. all it is is a process, a… a step in the chain of events to join the Navy. Once you get through it, at the end of the day, you’re going to be in the Navy; start your career. I’m Petty Officer Mark Hughner, 2nd Class, out of Navy Recruiting District Michigan. I’m currently in charge of two recruiters and approximately 22 future sailors. My core responsibilities as Navy recruiter – to ensure the applicant qualifies for the United States Navy and the United States Navy is a good fit for them. The Military Entrance Processing Station, which is MEPS, is where you’re going to take your ASVAB, which is your Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, and your medical physical to ensure that you’re medically qualified for the United States Navy. It’s going to start the night before, after the ASVAB. After that, you’re going to be shuttled to the hotel. And, once you get to that hotel, you’re going to have a small dinner; have a security brief; but after that you’re going to wake up very early in the morning, be shuttled to MEPS, and that’s where you’re going to start your process. The physical should take anywhere from three to four hours. After the physical’s done, you’re going to each lunch. At that time, you’re going to be called back in the Navy office where you’re going to go through all your paperwork that the recruiter and yourself went over before you went to MEPS. Then you’re going to sit down with a job classifier to see what jobs you qualify for per your medical reasons and your ASVAB scores. Specific things to bring to MEPS – be sure you wear closed soled tennis shoes. Dress conservative. You are going to a job interview. Also, for females, bring a pair of gym shorts and a sports bra just in case you have tattoos. That’s for them to do your tattoo-free screen while you’re at the MEPS. And, if you wear glasses, ensure you bring your glasses with you. And if you have contacts in either take them out the night prior or bring a case and solution with you. It’s a lot of hurry up and wait, you’re standing in line you’re in process. Bring a book, a magazine. Just prepare yourself. You’re not allowed to use cell phones there. After the really long day, everything’s done and said for, once you swear into the United States Navy, then you’re part of the Navy, your goal’s accomplished. Once you’re done at MEPS, the recruiter’s going to take you back to your house to talk to your support system. They’re going to set up a time for them to come in and actually go over everything that you’re responsible to the Navy for at that point. They’re going to put you in a room and it’s all going to be red carpet – all the branches – the flags. Even though you’re joining the United States Navy. You’re going to have plaques, war heroes, high decorated ? it’s like a ceremony. Once it’s all said and done with, you’re part of the United States Navy. Thank you for watching this Navy webcast. If you have any questions, feel free to visit us on or find us on Facebook.

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  1. ♛ Huffdaddy™ Posted on June 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Can't wait to join.

  2. LoneRanger170826 Posted on June 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Can't wait 🙂

  3. Christopher Cooper Posted on June 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Same. Can't wait either!

  4. Jonny Anderson Posted on June 19, 2013 at 4:31 am

    can't wait

  5. krazykyle0 Posted on June 19, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Some advice, clean up real nice in the morning, and respect the doc's. You'll survive.. i did. lol

  6. Pkarchpray16 Posted on June 20, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Was just about to say….. this video is misleading, i didnt see a single thing on it with real MEPS

  7. Mitch Posted on June 21, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Navy Rescue Diver!

  8. Don'tWorryAboutIt Posted on June 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Odd. LA MEPS said no to sports bras and other things not 'simple'.

  9. juan rios Posted on June 22, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Can't wait to be a a us sailor

  10. TheNorem Posted on June 22, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Good luck all! I can't wait to see each and every one of you out there! Hooyah!

  11. Nicholas Donovan Posted on July 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Be prepared to sit around for 4 hours waiting for the doctors. Or even weeks if you have any sort of medical history. The wait time is terrible.

  12. Craig Walkup Posted on April 18, 2016 at 2:25 am

    1:45 Did he say you can't have cellphones at RTC? I couldn't understand the way he spoke.

  13. Rich Ling Posted on February 6, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Wait I'm in Michigan

  14. Zuru The Wolf Posted on November 22, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Is meps after bootcamp?

  15. kt5809 Posted on February 17, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t have any questions, but what I do have is a concern. I see this video is about 5 years old but I would like to note that this video is a little misleading. The images and videos shown are of basic training more specifically “P Days,” And also life after A school. Which is NOT MEPS. Other than that, though, I say good visuals and very informative thank you.

  16. JBR DIESEL _mechanic Posted on July 1, 2018 at 5:40 am

    MEPS is horrible 🤦🏻‍♂️

  17. M C Posted on July 7, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Can I be disqualified for being too ugly? My face belongs in a circus; will that disqualify me?

  18. TommyMG96 Posted on July 13, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I'm trying to join now, Taking the asvab next week. I've lost 137 pounds to get into the navy.

  19. ccarr 199 Posted on July 28, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Is there a physical requirement for meps? Like how many pull ups, Push ups, mile time? Thanks

  20. blacklightblinds Posted on November 23, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Wait you not in the navy until after bootcamp

  21. Joey DeDominicis Posted on May 26, 2019 at 5:52 am

    I hate anthony s daughtry & the father of thomas cordell.