Fort Jackson, SC
Military Entrance Processing Station
The Fort Jackson MEPS was originally called the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station (AFEES); the name changed on 1 January 1982. In February 1971, the Station moved to a newly constructed $1.139M facility at its present location, replacing an old, six-building complex required to process applicants each day. The facility was specifically designed to be a MEPS; it encompasses 43,275 square feet of space in a two-story structure.
The Fort Jackson MEPS is one of few in USMEPCOM located on a military installation and one of even fewer with lodging, dining and processing capabilities in the same building -- up through 1989. In CY90, construction to close off billeting areas on the 2nd floor was completed and converted to Service Liaisons offices. In addition, the full-service kitchen was closed down and lunch for applicants was contracted.
The Fort Jackson MEPS is one of a network of 65 MEPS located nationwide and in Puerto Rico.
A separate Department of Defense (DoD) agency, USMEPCOM is comprised of two geographical sectors and staffed with personnel from all military services.
The mission of USMEPCOM and the Fort Jackson MEPS is to process individuals for enlistment or induction into the armed services, based on DoD-approved peacetime and mobilization standards.
Three primary areas are considered in determining an applicant's qualifications for enlistment:
- aptitude for military service
- physical qualification
- background evaluation screening