Taking the ASVAB is only a small part of what happens at MEPS. Is it possible to fail? In a way, yes. MEPS is where you undergo all the various medical/phsycological testing to determine eligibility for enlistment. You will undergo a hearing test, eye exam, urine test, and a full body exam to ensure that all joints visibly work to standard and that no abnormalities are present. If you do not meet standard in any one of these exams, your enlistment pocess may be halted and further action will be required. In some cases further testing can be done to clear you, in others, a medical waiver may be required. After you are cleared by the doctors through various testing you will meet with your branch career counselor to select an available MOS and possibly sign your contract. It is a long day and if any other issues arise, it will be much longer. Good Luck!
Thank you. That really helped clear the air for me when it comes to MEPS. Regarding the ASVAB, if I decide to join a different branch of the military, can I take my results to, let's say, the Air Force or the Navy recruitment station or does it stay with the Army?
Your ASVAB score is good for 2 years. If you sign a contract, you can not try to enlist with any other branch or service until your contractual obligation ismet ( if you sign a 4 year contract, you have to serve your 4 years ) and expect your recruiter to be very upset. Recruiters have invested a lot of time in you by the time you are ready for a trip to MEPS. Yes, if you test the results could be seen by another branch, but if you want to switch branches, do it before MEPS out of respect for your recruiter, and tell him before you do.
One thing that many people do not know about MEPS and selecting your MOS on the computer, is that if you do not see what you want, you do not HAVE to choose whats there. You can always keep coming back to the job selection. It might upset your recruiter or annoy them, but its your life and career your worried about.
Thanks Chris. That helped me breathe a little when it comes to choosing a career in the army. Its the one thing that I always worry about, selecting your MOS. When you can go back there to check which would be available though? Is it going to interfere with the time that you're projected to go to boot camp or can you pick your MOS while waiting to go to boot camp?
You will not ship to BCT without an MOS, so you will select one at MEPS. If you are holding out for a particular MOS and it is just not available, then it will interfere with whatever you thought your plan was. Definitely try to get exactly what you want, however, after they scour the database and make phone calls for you, if it is not there, then it is not there. Just be optimistic about it, stressing about it doesn't do anybody any good. Good Luck!