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Getting the Scoop on MEPS

New recruits are sworn in during the Army Reserve Mega Event in Whitehall, Ohio. (U.S. Army photo)

Officially, MEPS is the Military Entrance Processing Station, but nobody ever calls it that. Everyone calls it MEPS. MEPS is managed by the U.S. Army, but it's not owned by the Army. It's owned by the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. MEPS' job is to ensure that you're mentally and physically eligible for military service, according to military regulations and federal law. Other people who work at MEPS aren't ... more

Air Force ROTC Cadets Receive Nuclear Scholarships

Airman with textbooks.

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- All it took to convince him was a desire to make a difference after a visit from a general officer from Air Force Global Strike Command and an Air Force offer to pay for his last two years of school. With a scholarship offer on the table and the words from Brig. Gen. Fred B. Stoss III still ringing in his ears, Air Force ROTC Cadet Jordan Pryor volunteered to enter the nuclear and missile operations career fiel... more

The Basics of Marching

Air Force boot camp march instructor.

Once you start getting the hang of stationary drill commands, your training instructor will take your unit to the next level and have you march. (You march everywhere you go in basic training.) When performing marching drill, both the preparatory command and the command of execution are given as the foot in the direction of the turn strikes the ground. For single formations, the preparatory command is normally given as the heel of the le... more

Army Considering Major Changes for Recruiting

Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army Recruiting Command is considering a number of dramatic changes to help deal with what it perceives as an extremely challenging recruiting environment in coming years. Virtual recruiting is already being tried in remote areas where no recruiting stations are located, and the Army is using personality screening to augment aptitude testing for some candidates, said Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, commanding general of U.... more

Understanding Stationary Drill

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Stationary drill consists of drill movements that are accomplished without marching. The drill positions of attention and parade rest are two perfect examples. Other stationary drill commands include parade rest, at ease, left (or right) face, about face, fall out. Some commands, such as present arms and order arms, can be accomplished while moving or while stationary. Warning: If you don't remember anything else, do not forget to unlock ... more

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