Military Entrance Processing Station
Located in the historic Old U.S. Customs House in the heart of downtown, the Houston MEPS has been processing applicants for the Armed Forces at the present site since 1966.
With a small staff, the MEPS aptitudinally tests, medically examines, enlists and ships to recruit training, thousands of young people annually. Although the financial impact made by the MEPS may be miniscule in a city the size of Houston, the MEPS has a significant impact on the lives of the youngsters from southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana and their families.
The Houston 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 Houston 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