Capt. Nathan King met with Maj. Gen. Esther Aguigui at Guam National Guard headquarters in Barrigada last week.
King is the commander of the West Sector of the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command. Aguigui is the adjutant general in command of the Guam National Guard.
The meeting was held to discuss the recent establishment at Fort Juan Muna of a ‘remote military entrance processing station,’ known as MEPS.
MEPS is the first stop for all recruits entering the military. It determines their physical, mental and morale readiness prior to entering the service.
Prior to the establishment of the island’s first remote MEPS center, Guam military recruits were flown to Hawaii for an evaluation.
However social distancing restrictions imposed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have prevented Guam from processing any applicants through MEPS and delayed the enter of new recruits into the military.
As a result the the remote MEPS was set up here following discussions with the National Guard Bureau, Hawaii MEPS, Western Sector Military Entrance Processing Command, and the Guam Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion.