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Old 03-16-2009, 09:46 AM
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I was wondering if someone could explain the meps experience and what to expect. Any tips in regards to contract signing and what to include in the contract, and any tips on questions to ask the recruiters at meps would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:27 AM
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I was wondering if someone could explain the meps experience and what to expect. Any tips in regards to contract signing and what to include in the contract, and any tips on questions to ask the recruiters at meps would be greatly appreciated.
Well MSG Glenn???
You seem to be the resident expert on Meps and the like.
I would tell you this...Dont sign anything that doesnt look riight to you. The contracts are not too difficult to understand. Read it CAREFULLY. The recruiter and Meps only job is to get you what YOU WANT. If it's not what you want then walk away until you get what you want( as long as your scores allow you what you want) Good Luck and be persistant in your needs. remember whatever you sign up for you will be doing for at least the next 2-3 years.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:58 PM
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Your MEPS experience will include an ASVAB if you haven't already taken it & a physical. At that time the counselor & Recruiter will determine which MOSs you qualify for on the basis of your ASVAB score. Then it's time to hammer out a contract. Get exactly what you want in it. If you want Airborne then you must have an option 4 on your contract; if you want Ranger you must have option 40, etc. If the MOS you want isn't available & you really want it & qualify for it then tell them to call you when it becomes available. Walk out. Sometimes they "miraculously" find a slot before you even get to the door (I have no idea what they're saving it for.

If you haven't taken the ASVAB I'd advise studying for it. There are practice tests online & can be founnd via Google.

Decide which MOSs ring your bell. If one isn't available then the other might be & you can go to plan B or C. Don't let them talk you into anything you haven't researched. That's a possibility that the MOS might not be desirable.

Good luck!
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:45 PM
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I was wondering if someone could explain the meps experience and what to expect. Any tips in regards to contract signing and what to include in the contract, and any tips on questions to ask the recruiters at meps would be greatly appreciated.
Best advice I will give you is just relax. MEPS is not as bad as some make it seem. When I went to MEPS this is basically how the day went. 4:30am wake up call. Take a shower. You and your roommate leave the room together and go return your room keys. Go to breakfast, eat if you want. (scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, bread, OJ, Coffee, fresh fruit salad was our breakfast). 6am arrived at MEPS. Went inside formed lines. Everyone stored thier belongings, including cell phones in a locked room, went thru a metal detector. Your name gets called, and you go to your liason office for which ever service you are entering. Shippers get taken care of first, then prior service. When I went to the Army liason office I was given a name tag and asked what kind of sandwich I wanted for lunch. Then went off to control desk to make sure everything was correct (ssn, name, etc). Then off to Medical where you sit around and wait. Everyone went into a room and someone went over forms with us (took about 30 min). You get your blood pressure/heart rate taken. You will do a urine test for drugs (make sure you drink lots of water. if you have to much protien in your urine you will have to pee 2 more times then go take another urine test) and have blood taken. You do a hearing test, an eye test. Dr takes you in for an "interview" where he will ask about your medical history (answer ONLY what you answered on your medical form with your recruiter do not volunteer information). The Dr will listen to your heart, look in your ears, check genitals and your rectum (just look no finger test lol). Then you will do the "Duck walk" which consists of showing flexability of your joints (wrists, knees, elbows, etc) Duck walk is with hands on your hips crouched down and you have to take 5 steps, you kinda "waddle" like a duck hense the name. You have to have all this medical stuff done so get in line early if you can and get it over with. During all this you will get to go for lunch which was actually pretty good. You can talk to other people while you are waiting (atleast you could at the MEPS I went to). After all the Medical stuff you go back to your liason office and speak with a counsellor who will go over which MOS you want and pull your job. Anything you want to do (additional skill identifiers, schools, etc) make sure you get it IN your contract. Do not be shy about asking. Once your job gets pulled you sign a few pages then you go and wait again. You will go and get finger printed (digital no ink any more) and someone will go over your contract with you again to varify everything is correct. Then you will go with several others to Swear in. You go into a room and you are told about "Don't ask don't tell, and "inappropriate behavior in the Military. Sign your name again and you go into another room where you will actually swear in. You will be told how to stand and what to do when the Officer comes in to give the Oath. After you swear in you are officially in the Military. The next thing you do is get to go home. MEPS should be finished by about 4:30pm so when you get home depends on distance travelled and if you have to wait for a ride home. Do some research now on the MOS you want and any ASI/schools you might want and make sure you ask about them and have it put into your contract. If not in your contract you may have a very difficult time getting them while you're at BCT/AIT. I think I covered everything, but if you want to know anything just ask.

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Old 03-16-2009, 02:49 PM
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Decide which MOSs ring your bell. If one isn't available then the other might be & you can go to plan B or C. Don't let them talk you into anything you haven't researched. That's a possibility that the MOS might not be desirable.

Good luck!
That is very good advice. When I went to MEPS I was planning on doing 11x Infantry with Airborne. Well I found out I am color blind and can not do Infantry. I was offered 68w Health Care Specialist(Combat Medic). I really knew nothing about that MOS, and said I wanted to go home and do some research, which I did and found that I was very interested in the MOS. went back on the Monday to Swear in. I leave for BCT in July.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:09 PM
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thanks guy this is really helpfull information but got one question, on meps you can tell them that u never been hospitalize or that you have no medical condition as long they notice there or something happen to you later on, you be just fine or they have some way to check your medical history right there?? thanks you guys for the help
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:27 PM
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I was wondering if someone could explain the meps experience and what to expect. Any tips in regards to contract signing and what to include in the contract, and any tips on questions to ask the recruiters at meps would be greatly appreciated.
Take a copy yourself of what you have already signed,ask for copies of your originals take care of everything in your best interest for yourself. My son prior to taking off asked is there anything else I need......Once he got to Chicago the info for him was not in the Armys computer info. Had to call someone to get into our home and get it from our files and fax it to Chicago the area recruiter needed the paper work that he didn't have (my son had his copy though) gave it to the recruiter to fax from recruiting station. I asked for my son's copy when I got back home. Guess what couldn't find it took 3 weeks to get it back to our files. Take care of yourself don't expect someone else to. if your recruiter tells you that your mos is not available........don't sign till it is. You may need to wait. That is okay. If you go and apply for a job as a international chef and you are offered to toss burgers at mc d's would you take it? Same thing here it will become available later. Just wait there is no rush spend the time recruiting people here to follow you so you get your bonuses. Make sure you know all your things ahead of time. Give yourself a pay raise by going in as an E-...higher by knowing what your recruiter tells you to learn. I think it is the ranks and positions of bars and strips. Things like the Alpha A Bravo B letters. Ask your recruiter how it is you can get more pay as you go in. From my understanding every increase in rank is increase in pay so the sooner the pay and rank the more money you make with each step up...... don't just set back and wait go after it.... Tell your mom not to stand by the bus when you finally take off they may make fun of you. Good Luck
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:53 PM
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thanks guy this is really helpfull information but got one question, on meps you can tell them that u never been hospitalize or that you have no medical condition as long they notice there or something happen to you later on, you be just fine or they have some way to check your medical history right there?? thanks you guys for the help
My understanding is that your medical history is private and that the Army has no access to it unless you voluntarily turn over records.

I have a friend that omitted a separated shoulder that he suffered when he was younger. The Army had no way of knowing and he made it through his enlistment fine.

Past and present mental or physical ailments should be disclosed and discussed with your recruiter prior to heading to MEPS. Let them square you away... it's part of their job.

Any condition that you suffer from may have a negative impact on soldiers around you and put them at risk when it matters. Remember that.

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Old 03-17-2009, 06:19 AM
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About the most serious thing about not giving a complete medical history by omitting some details is if you should reinjure yourself & it's been determined that you had a pre-existing condition that you didn't put down you could be charged with a felony. The chances of that happening are slim to none, though. If in doubt & if your 100% healed & 100% normal it's best to get a release from you doctor stating that.
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:01 AM
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thanks guy this is really helpfull information but got one question, on meps you can tell them that u never been hospitalize or that you have no medical condition as long they notice there or something happen to you later on, you be just fine or they have some way to check your medical history right there?? thanks you guys for the help
If you told your recruiter about anything Medical and it was put on the papers you initialled with your recruiter you MUST tell them at MEPS. It will be in your packet you take with you. If the information you give and the information on paper don't match then you will have an issue. Like I said before do not volunteer information. Give direct Yes Sir/Ma'am or No Sir/Ma'am.
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