Preparing For Meps' Medical Questions

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If you decide to start the application process, your recruiter will give you a list of questions. These questions will again be asked at MEPS. They are largely yes/no questions. First your recruiter will review your answers. Then he/she may ask you for official proof that your conditions are no longer present or serious.

Have you ever had or do you now have the following (yes/no):

1. Asthma, wheezing, or inhaler use
2. Dislocated joint, including knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle or other joint
3. Epilepsy, fits, seizures, or convulsions
4. Sleepwalking
5. Recurrent neck or back pain
6. Rheumatic fever
7. Foot pain
8. A swollen, painful, or dislocated joint or fluid in a joint (knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, etc.)
9. Double vision
10. Periods of unconsciousness
11. Frequent or severe headaches causing loss of time from work or school or taking medication to prevent frequent or severe headaches
12. Wear contact lenses (If so, bring your contact lens kit and solution so you can remove your contact when we test your vision at the MEPS; also, if you have a pair of eyeglasses, bring them with you no matter how old they are.)
13. Fainting spells or passing out
14. Head injury, including skull fracture, resulting in concussion, loss of consciousness, headaches, etc.
15. Back surgery
16. Seen a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor or other professional for any reason (inpatient or outpatient) including counseling or treatment for school, adjustment, family, marriage or any other problem, to include depression, or treatment for alcohol, drug or substance abuse
17. Any of the following skin diseases:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Atopic dermatitis

    18. Irregular heartbeat, including abnormally rapid or slow heart rates
    19. Allergic to bee, wasp, or other insect stings (itching/swelling all over and/or get short of breath)
    20. Heart murmur, valve problem or mitral valve prolapse
    21. Allergic to wool
    22. Heart surgery
    23. Been rejected for military service (temporary or permanent) for medical or other reasons
    24. Any other heart problems
    25. High blood pressure
    26. Discharged from military service for medical reasons
    27. Ulcer (stomach, duodenum or other part of intestine)
    28. Received disability compensation for an injury or other medical condition
    29. Hepatitis (liver infection or inflammation)
    30. Intestinal obstruction (locked bowels), or any other chronic or recurrent intestinal problem, including small intestine or colon problems, such as Crohn's disease or colitis
    31. Detached retina or surgery for a detached retina
    32. Surgery to remove a portion of the intestine (other than the appendix)
    33. Any other eye condition, injury or surgery
    34. Are you over 40? (If so, call the MEPS for information on special requirements for over-40 physicals)
    35. Gall bladder trouble or gall stones
    36. Jaundice
    37. Missing a kidney
    38. Allergy to common food (milk, bread, eggs, meat, fish or other common food)
    39. (Females only) Abnormal PAP smear or gynecological problem
    40. (Males only) Missing a testicle, testicular implant, or undescended testicle
    41. Broken bone requiring surgery to repair (with or without pins, plates, screws or other metal fixation devices used in repair)
    42. Ruptured or bulging disk in your back or surgery for a ruptured or bulging disk
    43. Thyroid condition or take medication for your thyroid
    44. Limitation of motion of any joint, including knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip or other joint
    45. Drug or alcohol rehab
    46. Kidney, urinary tract or bladder problems, surgery, stones or other urinary tract problems
    47. Sugar, protein or blood in urine
    48. Surgery on a bone or joint (knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, etc.) including Arthroscopy with normal findings
    49. Taking any medications
    50. Pain or swelling at the site of an old fracture
    51. Perforated ear drum or tubes in ear drum(s)
    52. Anemia
    53. Ear surgery, to include mastoidectomy or repair of perforated ear drum, hearing loss or need/use a hearing aid
    54. Night blindness
    55. Arthritis
    56. Absence or disturbance of the sense of smell
    57. Absence or removal of the spleen, or rupture or tear of the spleen without removal
    58. Anorexia or other eating disorder
    59. Cracked bone or fracture(s)
    60. Bursitis
    61. Braces (If you wear or are planning on obtaining braces for your teeth, have the orthodontist submit a letter stating that braces will be removed before active duty date; release form and sample format can be found in the Recruiter's Medical Guide.)
    62. Loss of finger, toe or part thereof
    63. Loss of the ability to fully flex (bend) or fully extend a finger, toe or other joint
    64. Shoulder, knee, or elbow problem (out of place)
    65. Locking of the knee or other joint
    66. Giving way of knee or other joint
    67. Cataracts or surgery for cataracts
    68. Eye surgery, including radial keratotomy, lens implant or other eye surgery to improve your vision
    69. Collapsed lung or other lung condition
    70. Bed wetting since age 12
    71. Evaluation, treatment, or hospitalization for alcohol abuse, dependence, or addiction
    72. Taken medication, drugs, or any substance to improve attention, behavior, or physical performance
    73. Do you smoke? If yes:
  • Type: Cigarettes - Cigars - Smokeless tobacco
  • How many per day?

    74. Evaluation, treatment, or hospitalization for substance use, abuse, addiction or dependence (including illegal drugs, prescription medications, or other substances)
    75. Any illnesses, surgery, or hospitalization not listed above

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