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The 2nd MEPS Experience

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Enlistment Contract Review

Following medical approval, you'll meet with a counselor from the service that you are joining. The counselor will go over your active duty enlistment contract with you. It's important that you go over this contract carefully. Regardless of what is in the DEP contract, this is the contract that will apply after you take the oath and go onto active duty. If your recruiter told you that you would be enlisting as an E-3, and this contract says you're enlisting as an E-1, then you're enlisting as an E-1. Active duty enlistment contracts can generally not be changed after you sign them and take the oath (Note: There are some exceptions to this, but generally, contracts are renegotiated only when in the best interest of the service).

Emergency Data Card

Another form you will be required to complete is the DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data. The DD Form 93, when completed, is an official record of beneficiaries designated to receive the 6-month death gratuity pay and allowances, in the event of death on active duty (The Serviceman's Group Life Insurance is a different program, which will be accomplished in basic training) The DD Form 93 also contains the name and address of the person(s) to be notified in the event of sickness, emergency, or death. The DD Form 93 is a mandatory document for all applicants accessing in the Armed Forces, except Coast Guard.

Pre-Accession Interview

Right before taking the active duty oath, you'll meet with a MEPS Interviewer and complete MEPCOM Form 601-23-5-R-E. The interviewer will go over the form with you. The primary purpose of this session is to give you one final chance to "come clean" on any false information that may be included on your enlistment documents, or to provide information about any additional medical, drug, or criminal problems that occurred while you were in the DEP.

Some of the questions asked on this form are:

  • Have you used or sold drugs during your DEP enlistment?
  • Did you have trouble of any kind because of marijuana or alcohol during your DEP enlistment, or at any other time?
  • Have you told the Service Counselor EVERYTHING about illegal use or sale of drugs?
  • Have you told your Service Counselor everything about any problems you've had with law enforcement agencies?
  • Has anyone promised you anything that is not identified on your enlistment documents or annexes?
  • Did you have any physical problems during your DEP period that you did not disclose to the MEPS doctor?
  • Is there anything else the doctor does not know about, but should know, that could prevent you from completing basic training, such as major surgeries, allergies, reactions to bee stings, heart murmurs, asthma, migraine headaches, knee problems, back problems, psychiatric care and counseling, or attempted suicide?
  • Did anyone tell you to hide any information or lie about traffic tickets, juvenile or adult convictions, police records (sealed or stricken)?

After completing the form, and going over each answer with the MEPS interviewer, you will be briefed on the contents of Article 83, Article 85, and Article 86 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Article 83 covers fraudulent enlistments. Articles 85 and 86 are concerned with Desertion and Absent without Leave (AWOL). All three articles are applicable once you take the active duty oath.

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