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Dave Foland, administrative support technician, Portland MEPS, (center) is presented with the Western Sector Coin for Excellence by Marine Corps Col. Jesse Sjoberg, USMEPCOM Western Sector commander. Foland was recognized for intervening and disarming a possible active shooter in Troutdale, Ore.
Portland MEPS Technician's Quick Action Disrupts Gunman
By Army Maj. Brian Anderson, Portland MEPS commander | March 14, 2023
It was close to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 and the dinner rush was in full effect at a pub in Troutdale,

CHICAGO (November 4, 2021) Dr. Liza Pilch, a medical provider at Chicago MEPS, conducts a medical evaluation with an applicant in Chicago MEPS medical department. Recent changes to the USMEPCOM Supporting Medical Documentation Review Program (SMDRP) are designed to standardize and streamline the medical pre-screen review and in-person physical evaluation process at MEPS around the country.
SMDRP Update: Streamlining and Standardizing MEPS Medical Processing
By Joseph Wax | Feb. 15, 2023
With hundreds of medical providers of various specialties working at 65 Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) and two Remote Processing Stations across the country, standardizing the medical qualification process for military applicants is a challenge. United States Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM) took that challenge head on with recent updates to the Supplemental Policy Guidance (SMPG) and Supporting Medical Documentation Review Program (SMDRP).

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.