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Military Enlisted Processing Station (MEPS)

The next step after giving all information to a recruiter about your interest in joining is going through a MEPS center. This is where doctors physically and mentally test you to see that you are fit for military life. Not everyone can run 5 kilometers in under 18 minutes and that’s the first step the military takes in weeding out any potential members that can’t make the cut.

Hearing and eye sight are also tested since most jobs require superb sensitivity to both. The process takes roughly an entire day from 5 in the morning to 7 in the evening with an hour break for lunch. It’s long and tedious, but the military will go through great lengths to make sure that federal tax dollars won’t be wasted on failure.

Account by Airman First Class Scott Hall, United States Air Force

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