Military Entrance Processing Station
During the period of July 1978 to October 1979, Boise was a substation under Salt Lake City MEPS.
It subsequently returned to full station status. The Boise MEPS moved from its original location at 1405 Bannock to its location at 1655 Fairview Avenue on February 22, 1981, opening its doors for business on March 2, 1981. On February 12, 1999, the MEPS moved to its newest facility in the Federal building and opened February 16, 1999.
Although the Boise MEPS has seen a lot of changes, our mission remains unchanged. The Boise MEPS is responsible for aptitudinally testing, medically examining, and processing applicants for enlistment into the military service within its geographical area which is roughly described as extending from the Salmon River, Idaho, in the north, to the Idaho border in the south, bounded in the East by Preston, Idaho, and in the west by LaGrande, Ore. The boundaries encompass 94,539 square miles.
The Boise 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 Boise 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