New Orleans, LA
Military Entrance Processing Station


Major Curtis E. Baxter
United States Army

Senior Enlisted Advisor:
Senior Chief Petty Officer Rafael A. Suareztorres
United States Navy

400 Russell Avenue
Belle Chasse Naval Air Station
Bldg. 556
Belle Chasse, LA 70143

Phone: (504) 799-3180
Fax: (504) 678-8925




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The New Orleans MEPS is one station in a network of 65 MEPS located throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

The New Orleans MEPS is located in one of the most historic and picturesque cities in the United States. It is a tenant command of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB), New Orleans. The New Orleans MEPS relocated from its previous home of more than 30 years at the Naval Support Activity on the East Bank of the Mississippi River to the NAS JRB in January 2010. The MEPS is the newest member of the NAS JRB New Orleans community. The New Orleans MEPS proudly operates out of its new building at 400 Russell Avenue, Building 556, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The NAS JRB New Orleans has facilities including a Commissary, Exchange, Bachelor Officer’s Quarters, Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, Navy Lodge, and numerous recreational activities. The MEPS is assigned military and civilian personnel who process up to 150 applicants each day for the armed forces. The MEPS is located in the vicinity of New Orleans’ most popular tourist attractions, such as the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, Superdome, Aquarium, IMAX Theater, Audubon Zoo, Riverwalk, and the The National World War II Museum. Many of the finest hotels, restaurants and convention facilities are just a short trip away.

A separate Department of Defense agency, USMEPCOM is comprised of two geographical sectors and staffed with personnel from all military services.

The mission of USMEPCOM and the New Orleans 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