Enlisting in the Air Force comes with several requirements. This requirement in particular is the Medical Examination. This will be given to you during your stay at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). The largest portion of your day at MEPS is taken up by the medical examination. You’ll start by completing a detailed medical history.
Your day will include a urinalysis (drug test), medical exam, eye test, hearing test, strength test, security interview, weight check, body-fat measurement (if you exceed the weight on the published weight charts), security clearance interview, meeting with a job counselor, reviewing enlistment options and possible enlistment incentives, taking the enlistment oath, and signing the Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP) contract.
Physical examinations are vitally important because everyone entering the Air Force must be in good health to endure the challenges of basic training and military service. You will have to remove your outer clothing during parts of the examination. Your physical examination consists of:
- Height and weight measurements
- Hearing and vision examinations
- Urine and blood tests
- Drug and alcohol tests
- Muscle group and joint maneuvers, in underclothing
- Complete physical examination and interview
- Specialized test if required
For Women Only
The MEPS will provide a drape or gown for you during the physical examination. Your visit with the physician will be in a private room. Underclothing is required during your physical. A female attendant will accompany you when you must remove your clothing. You will also be given a pregnancy test.