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MEPS at a Glance

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You'll take a hearing test, and an eye exam, including depth perception and color vision. (Note: Lack of depth perception & color vision is not a disqualifying factor for military service, but many military jobs require normal depth perception and color vision). Air Force personnel will take a strength test (required for job qualification).

You'll undergo a weight check. See the below links for weight charts of the specific branch of service you're processing to join:

If your weight exceeds the standard listed by the service you are trying to join, you'll undergo a body-fat-measurement. If your body-fat exceeds the standard set by the service you are trying to join, you'll be temporarily disqualified (Note: You will continue with the physical, however).

Body-fat standards for each of the services are:

Army:

    Male 17-30 - 24%
    Male 21-27 - 26%
    Male 28-39 - 28%
    Male 40+ - 30%
    Female 17-30 - 30%
    Female 21-27 - 32%
    Female 28-39 - 34%
    Female 40 + - 36%
Air Force:
    Male 17-29 - 20%
    Male 30 + - 24%
    Female 17-29 - 28%
    Female 30 + - 32%
Navy:
    Male - 22%
    Female - 33%
Marine Corps:
    Male - 18%
    Females - 26%
At one point in the examination, you will be required to strip down to your underwear (aren't you glad you wore those) along with the other recruits (Sorry, guys, but male recruits & female recruits are separated). You'll then be instructed (as a group) to perform a bunch of funny exercises, as follows:
  • Applicant: Stand relaxed with arms to the side, heels together, feet spread at a right angle of 90 degrees.
    • Physician: Observes each examine for: a. General body habitus b. Clinically significant scars and skin abnoralities c. Pes Planus, Pes cavus, hallux valgus, hammer toes, and other food deformities d. Pelvic tilt e. Scoliosis and kyphosis f. Leg length discrepancies
  • Applicant: Make full arm circles by extending arms forward, rotating above the head, back, and down to complete full circles. Repeat until told to stop.
    • Physician: Observes each examine for: a. Limitation of motion, subluxation of shoulders b. Pain or apprehension
    • Applicant: Fully extend arms out laterally at right angles to body, palms up and elbows locked.
      • Physician: Observes each examine for: a. Full extension of elbows b. Deltoid weakness
      • Applicant: Flex elbows and touch thumbs to shoulder. Repeat rapidly until told to stop.
        • Physician: Observes each examine for: [/lia. Degree of flexion of elbows [/lib. Coordination
        • Applicant: Extend arms to the ceiling and lower sharply to side of the body without slapping the sides. Repeat until told to stop.
          • Physician: Observes each examine for: a. Position and movement of scpulae b. Subluxation of shoulders
          • Applicant: Extend arms in front, palms together, thumbs up; throw away arms forcefully to the rear, slightly above shoulder level, and simultaneously raise body onto toes. Repeat until told to stop.
            • Physician: Observes each examine for: a. Symmetry and coordination of shoulders, clavicles, and arms b. Pain or apprehension c. Subluxation of shoulders d. General coordination and balance
            • Applicant: Stand relaxed, extend arms above head, locking thumbs together, bend over forward and touch the floor with fingertips, if able, keeping the knees straight.
              • Physician: Observes each examine for: a. Scoliosis b. Other spin abnormalities
              • Applicant: Stand up straight, extend one leg forward, lifting feet from the floor, toes down, then up; then relax toes and rotate feet at the ankle. Repeat until told to stop.
                • Physician: Observes each examine for: a. Range of motion of toes and ankle b. Coordination and balance
                • Applicant: Flex right thigh at hip, brining the knee up; flex lower leg at the knee; then forcefully lower the foot, kicking down and forward. Repeat until told to stop. Then repeat the maneuver with the knee up and flexed, this time kicking down and rearward. Repeat until told to stop.
                  • Physician: Observes each examine for: a. Knee joint integrity and stability b. Pain or apprehension
                  • Applicant: Repeat last two manuevers, above with the opposite leg.
                  • Applicant: Stand on toes as high as possible, and walk on tiptoes five steps forward. Turn and walk on tiptoes five steps to original position.
                    • Physician: Observes each examine for: a. Range of plantar flexion b. Balance c. Coordination d. Weakness
                    • Applicant: Stand and walk on heels five steps forward, with forefeet as high as possible. Turn and walk on heels five steps to original position.
                      • Physician: Observes each examine for: a. Range of plantar flexion b. Balance c. Coordination d. Weakness

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