Kansas City, MO
Military Entrance Processing Station
From 1959 until November of 1993, the Kansas City MEPS was located in the downtown area of Kansas City in a building constructed in the early 20th century and operated for many years as the "Foremost Dairy." When the building opened, the draft was still in force and recruits/applicants were billeted on basement level 1. The applicants were fed at the Harvey House in Union Station which was across the street from the MEPS. In the early days, the recruits were marched across the street and sworn in at a small parkway on the grounds of the U.S. Post Office where there was an American flag.
Times have changed. Today, the MEPS is located in a modern facility near the Kansas City International Airport. Applicants are housed at a local hotel; during the processing day, they eat a catered lunch in the MEPS dining room.