Military Entrance Processing Station
The Knoxville 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 Knoxville MEPS is to process individuals for enlistment or induction into the armed services, based on DoD-approved peacetime and mobilization standards.
The Knoxville MEPS is nestled in a beautiful valley located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Knoxville is the home of the University of Tennessee, 1998 NCAA Football Champions and six-time NCAA Women’s Basketball Champions. East Tennesseans are famous for their independent spirit and unwavering patriotism. Knoxville combines a mixture of southern hospitality and mountain folklore, which makes for a very warm and welcoming atmosphere in this Tennessee valley.
Three primary areas are considered in determining an applicant's qualifications for enlistment:
- aptitude for military service
- physical qualification
- background evaluation screening