mbkc03 wrote:Hypothetically, if I were to get picked up applying in this NOV cycle as a 3L, when would MEPS be? I know that it is most likely going to be sometime after the bar exam (i.e. July in California), but I was wondering if someone could tell me the exact time frame. Thanks.
NOTE: Army JAG. I'd get a potential offer from the Army in Jan/Feb of 2015 and the CA Bar is in July 2015. Cheers.
Answering as an Army Reserve Selectee who submitted my packet in Sept. of 2013 and whose board met in Oct./Nov. 2013, during 3L.
You would go through DODMERB, not MEPS. Expect the results around Christmas. If selected, you will get a long email with many things needed (some used in your packet) that will be processed in January. Within a couple of weeks after submitting that and your acceptance of the offer, you will get approval to start the DODMERB process. I submitted all my DODMERB paperwork online at the end of February. I went to the contracted eye exam and physical during spring break in March (15 minutes and 1.5 hrs though mostly waiting, respectively). I was medically qualified 4-6 weeks after. Thereafter, it takes an act of Congress to appoint new JAGs as direct accessions.
There is some speculation as to whether MEPS or DODMERB is 'harder'. DODMERB is preferable to MEPS for at least one reason of going to see a local contracted Dr. rather than driving to a MEPS center and spending a day there. I don't think they are that different in that sense, but remember that as an Army JAG you are not primarily responsible for maintaining the capability to lead combat troops. As far as I am aware, all JAGs outside Marines are support officers and need to have a greater skill at counseling commanders and soldiers rather than storming beaches and jumping out of helos (although, you may petition to earn those skills separately).
Case in point: I have minor red/green colorblindness and rather than the Ishiara color dot test, all I had to pass was a vivid red/green similar to a stoplight by pointing out each color once. Contrast that to several years ago when I lost a full scholarship to UND for the Army to fly helos b/c of the color blindness issue. The different mission of an Army JAG and pilot allowed me to medically qualify for the former.