Military Entrance Processing Station
As part of a network of 65 MEPS located nationwide and in Puerto Rico, the Columbus MEPS is located in the prestigious Office Center complex in Gahanna. The current facility, built in 1998, was specifically designed for optimum applicant processing capability.
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 Columbus 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