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WEEK 1

THE ARMY PHYSICAL—MEASURE YOUR DEBT

They specifically tell you to wear underwear…And to bathe, or shower, the night before. That may seem trivial, but I suppose when they get to the part of the exam where they tell you to strip down to your boxers, they don't want any surprises. Before they're done, even the underwear won't keep anything hidden.

That is my primary memory of MEPS, the Military Entrance Processing Station. Before they administer the oath, the Army wants to know everything about you. Try to hide anything and you'll either end up heading home or sitting in jail. They take it pretty seriously. Skeletons in the closet won't ...

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