Every individual who enlists in the Military must meet certain physical requirements. This is to make sure potential recruits can safely make it through Basic Training and meet the daily demands of service. Each applicant will meet with a physician for an exam, similar to a yearly checkup with a family doctor. It is important to disclose any prior health issues at this time: Remember, these won’t necessarily be grounds for disqualification, and answers are generally confidential. It’s essential to be honest because a false answer could result in health risks later.
Aside from the physical exam, applicants will undergo the following:
- Height and weight measurements: Each Service has its own standards for height and weight, so it’s best to discuss this with your recruiter.
- Hearing and vision examinations: Perfect hearing and vision are not required for enlistment, but may be required for certain career fields. A recruiter can explain prerequisites in detail.
- Urine and blood tests: These include a test for HIV antibodies and a pregnancy test for female applicants, as well as drug and alcohol screening. Be honest with your recruiter and the MEPS physician about past substance use/abuse.
- Muscle group and joint maneuvers: These simple flexibility and balance tests ensure you have proper ranges of motion.
- Specialized tests, if required.