Posted on Jul 19, 2015
SGM Matthew Quick
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Which MEPS Station did you enlist from?

Which Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) did you finalize your enlistment from and ship off to basic training/first duty station?
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SSG Paul Setterholm
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I enlisted in Sioux Falls,South Dakota. The doctor who did my physical didn't speak English very well. 20 years later the same doctor did my exit physical. Funny story when I enlisted, I was 17. He said,"do you have acme?" "Acme?" ACME,ACME! Do you have acme? Take off your shorts." I started to take take off my pants. "Your shorts! Your shorts. Take off your shorts!" He was tugging at his shirt. "Oh! Shirt!" I took my shirt off. He said,"you have acme over whole body." "Oh! Acne!...I don't have acne." I could barely understand that guy. 20 years later his English wasn't any better.
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I enlisted in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2007! I don’t remember the Dr. at MEPS though, the first week was a blur.
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SP5 Gerbal Geek
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4 mo
This same doctor is now performing heart surgeries for the VA as we speak.
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PO3 Michael Williams
PO3 Michael Williams
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Louisville, Kentucky
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SrA Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Systems
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Boston, Massachusetts, June 1960. Had 3 doctors argue for 10 minutes about letting me in with partial flat feet. They finally agreed and then off to Lackland, Chanute, Dover and many TDY's.
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1SG David Lopez
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Los Angeles Meps, but I really don't remember much except the following: I was supposed to go in as a air traffic controller, long story short, I could not. They were asking me if I like this or that, military terminology was all a foreign to me. I snatched the paper they were looking at, of jobs I qualified for. I seen a job with a $5000 bonus. I asked the Meps SFC what this Infantry was. He smiled and asked if I liked the outdoors, I said yes, I like the outdoors. he then asked me if I liked camping, I said Yes I Love camping. He said good, you'll love the Infantry. That Meps recruiting SFC may not ever know what a service he did for this young teenager out of East Los Angeles, he did me a BIG Favor. I LOVED the INFANTRY. I always remember that day as a blessing in my life. I do not think that I would have served for 20 years if I was not in the Infantry. Thank You! The Infantry made me the successful Grunt and man that I am today.
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SGT Robert Martin
SGT Robert Martin
4 mo
The day after I entered deps as a 16S manpads crewman I had to call my recruiter to tell him I had broke my hand in a fight. I ended up going to osut six months later as a 19D Cav scout. My family ( all vets ) just laughed when I told them of my new MOS, and would only say " that'll be a better fit anyways. They were right, for better or worse that's the job I was meant for. I ended up deploying with the same unit ( 1/7 Cav 1st CD) that my uncle served with in Vietnam, and my later deployed as a member of the same troop during our. That's three generations of Gary Owen troopers from one family. I only hope we don't send a fourth generation to fight.
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SP5 Gerbal Geek
SP5 Gerbal Geek
4 mo
SPC Steve I. - Do you recall Nui ba den? 1st Cav, 25th, and 1st inf were on that. I worked with them, We all had the same bunker. I was in 1st div. Cu Chi, Tay ninh, etc. My home was lai khe. As to getting out, the line was three days long, last thing on the line was disability (you got anything wrong that you did not have when you joined?) They let us know loud and clear that line was three weeks long. Taxis are right out the door.
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SGT Randall Smith
SGT Randall Smith
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SGT Robert Martin - I understand your feelings. My Grandfather served in WWI, My dad in WWll,Korea and Viet Nam. My brother and I did a tour in Viet Nam and my wife served in Saudi during Desert Storm. After 911 my son could not pass the physical to enter the Army. I lied to him and said I felt sorry for him. I'm so glad he did not have to go over there.
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SGT Robert Martin
SGT Robert Martin
3 mo
SGT Randall Smith it was far easier getting on that bird than watching my sons do it for sure.
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SFC William Farrell
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My twin brother and I were sworn in at Fort Hamilton, New York in November, 1969 and then shipped off to Fort Gordon, Georgia where we were housed in cinderblock buildings that were used by German POW's during WWII! The MEPS is still there, we were down there a few months ago! Next time we are in NY, we will have to stop in.
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SSG Frank Bova
SSG Frank Bova
4 mo
Exactly same except 1967
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