Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Hughner: When entering MEPS, it's just a [inaudible] in the long run. All it is, is a process. A step in the chain of events to join the Navy. Once you get through it, at the end of the day, you're going to be in the Navy and start your career.
I'm Petty Officer Mark Hughner, 2nd Class, out of Navy recruiting district Michigan. I'm currently in charge of two recruiters, and approximately 22 future sailors. My core responsibility as a Navy recruiter is to ensure that an applicant qualifies for the United States Navy, and the United States Navy is a good fit for them. The Military Entrance Processing Station, which is MEPS, is where you're going to take your ASVAB, which is your Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test, and your medical physical, to ensure that you're medically qualified for the United States Navy.
It's going to start the night before, after the ASVAB. After that, you'll be shuttled to the hotel. And once you get to the hotel, you're going to have a small dinner, have a security brief, but after that you're going to wake up very early in the morning, be shuttled to MEPS, and that's where you're going to start your process.
The physical should take anywhere from three to four hours. After the physical's done, you're going to eat lunch. At that time, you're going to be called back in the Navy office, where you're going to go through all your paperwork the recruiter and yourself went over before you went to MEPS. Then you're going to sit down with a job classifier to see what jobs you qualify for, for your medical reasons and your ASVAB scores.
Specific things to bring to MEPS, make sure you wear closed-sole tennis shoes, dress conservative, you are going to a job interview. Also for females, bring a pair of gym shorts and a sports bra. Just in case you have tattoos, ask for them to do your tattoo pre-screening while you're at MEPS. And if you wear glasses, ensure you bring your glasses with you, and if you have contacts in, you need to take them out the night prior, or bring the case and solution with you.
There's a lot of hurry up and wait, you're standing in line, you're in the process. Bring a book, or a magazine. Just prepare yourself, you're not allowed to use cell phones there. After the really long day, everything's done and said for, once you swear into the United States Navy, then you're part of the Navy, your goal's accomplished. Once you're done at MEPS, the recruiter's going to take you back to your house, he's going to talk to your support system, they're going to set up a time for them to come in, and actually go over everything that you're responsible to the Navy for at that point. They're going to put you in a room, and it's all going to be red carpet, all the branches and flags, even though you're joining the United States Navy. You're going to have plaques, war heroes, high decorated, it's like a ceremony. Once it's all said and done with, you're part of the United States Navy.
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