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Army Staff Sgt. James Nelson, guidance counselor, Milwaukee MEPS, talks an applicant through signing his contract on USMIRS 1.1, Jan. 24 2023.
User-Centered Approach Guides USMIRS Evolution
By Derrik Noack | Feb. 8, 2023
The development and launch of USMEPCOM Integrated Resource System (USMIRS) 1.1 in 2021 was one of the most critical modernization efforts in USMEPCOM’s history. Feb. 10 marks the second anniversary of the system launching, but there are no “terrible twos” here. With updates released biweekly and major innovations due later this year, USMIRS 1.1 is on track to reach high viability before it even turns three.

Michael Hughes, management analyst, J-3, and Karlie Shrewsbury, management analyst, J-3, discuss topics to be covered during their next “30 Minute Thursdays” forum. The recurring forum is held every Thursday at noon CDT and calls for open discussion in the agile recruiting environment.
30-Minute Thursdays
By Derrik Noack | Feb. 2, 2023
USMEPCOM’s J-3 Policy and Training branch kicked off a new weekly forum, “30 Minute Thursdays,” on

Maj. Cameron Webb, Fort Lee Military Entrance Processing Station commander, speaks to a room of mostly Fort Lee MEPS employees Jan. 25, 2023, as part of a ‘MEPS of the Year Celebration’ at Fort Lee, Va. “Today is your day to celebrate,” Webb said. “You show USMEPCOM that we are setting the standard with the tools given to us by achieving excellence quarter after quarter.” (U.S. Army photo by Chad Menegay)
Fort Lee wins MEPS of the Year
By Chad Menegay | Jan. 27, 2023
The Fort Lee Military Entrance Processing Station celebrated its own excellence Wednesday with a

Information Technology Specialists (ITS) from MEPS locations receive training to develop the tools they require to support very busy personnel providing critical services to MEPS applicants. (Photo by Darrin McDufford)
Immersion training: Info Tech Specialist dive deep into training
By Darrin McDufford | Jan. 6, 2023
Information Technology Specialist (ITS) Immersion Training is a two-week training course held at USMEPCOM offering in-depth training on various operations of software and hardware computer support.

Members, Delayed Entry Program, view the cockpit of a C-130H Hercules at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, Ga., May 7, 2022. The DEP is a program designed for those joining the military to receive a range of training and preparation for basic training before attending. Marching, physical training, and base visits are some of the things members participate in during their time in the program, which can range from weeks, to months, or even years depending on individual factors.
USMEPCOM and Recruiting Partners Streamline Waiver Process
By Derrik Noack | Nov. 30, 2022
USMEPCOM implemented a program to allow applicants with frequently waivered medically disqualified conditions to conditionally enroll in the delayed entry program.

Jordan Page (left) and father, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Page, Eastern Sector senior enlisted advisor (right), pose for a photo following Jordan's oath of enlistment at Milwaukee MEPS. Jordan joins the Air Force Delayed Entry Program as he prepares to leave for basic training July 2023.
Son of Air Force Chief Prepares to Take Flight
By Derrik Noack | Nov. 9, 2022
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Page, Eastern Sector senior enlisted advisor, was able to witness his son take the oath, sign his contract and join the United States Air Force at Milwaukee MEPS Oct. 24.

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Page, Eastern Sector Senior Enlisted Advisor (far left) poses with the five Military Members of the Year (MMOY) finalists from Eastern Sector. (From L to R) Navy Senior Chief Brandon Majors (Ft. Jackson MEPS), Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Addisen Rutkoske (Chicago MEPS), Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Welling (Montgomery MEPS), Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Antionette Ward (Atlanta MEPS) and Navy Chief Petty Officer Richard Calderone (Louisville MEPS) visited San Diego for this year's competition.
Military Members of the Year Compete in San Diego
By Derrik Noack | Oct. 24, 2022
The 2022 USMEPCOM Military Members of the Year (MMOY) competition brought the final 10 contenders to San Diego for a week of mental and physical challenges. After competing through the levels of command, five military personnel from each Sector faced off to claim MMOY for their rank.