to bring their weight to the standard and return to the MEPS for reevaluation. The date the applicant may return is based on the amount of weight loss required. According to USMEPCOM Regulation 40-1, this date is set based on a waiting period of four days for every pound to be lost. If the applicant loses the required weight, it is not necessary to reevaluate body fat.

Figure 2-2 provides an overview of applicant medical outcomes. The MEPS perform approximately 380,000 medical examinations a year at a cost of $183 per examination (based on 1998 data). Applicants who receive a medical disqualification at the MEPS may apply to their respective Services for a waiver. Each Service has its own waiver authority. Those listed below are for active-duty service.

  • Army waivers are granted by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

  • Navy waivers are reviewed by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery with recommendations forwarded to the chief, Naval Recruiting Command.

  • Air Force waivers are granted by the Air Education and Training Command surgeon general.

  • Marine Corps waivers are reviewed by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery with recommendations forwarded to the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps for a decision.

FIGURE 2-2 Applicant medical outcomes.

SOURCE: USMEPCOM (2004).



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