Okay I am really showing my age here, but waaaaaay back in the day MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) was Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station (AFEES) .
So here’s what I recall from my Pre Induction Physical. We left town on a charter bus at 'O dark thirty'. The bus stopped about half way there for us to have breakfast paid by Uncle Sam. We arrived and got off the bus in front of the huge government office building where the AFEES took up the whole second floor. We were sent to a classroom where roll was called and we were directed to fill out a couple of forms and given a briefing on what was about to happen.
We were each given a stretchy bracelet with a numbered locker key and then told to go find the locker with the number on the key, strip down to skivvies only and shoes but no socks and to follow the certain colored line on the floor to the first station. Remembering it was funny that one guy had on cowboy boots.
So there we were with a clipboard with our paperwork and wearing only our shoes and undies going through each station. I recall the first station we were given the pee cup with a lid and label to take into a very large bathroom with many divided urinals and give your specimen and place it in a lab window. Back then nobody watched you pee. Actually there were more men than urinals so several went into a toilet stall so no chance of peeking there. After that height and weight in four lines. Next station BP and vitals which was done in 4 lines each with a medic. After each station you were told to follow a certain colored line to the next one. The rectal exam was only a visual where we were standing in a circle facing outward and told to 'drop trou' and bend over till you were tapped on the shoulder. As we were all young men I could only presume they were looking for hemorrhoids. If they did any agility testing it was done in group. The vision check was individual. The hearing test was also individual and you were in an enclosed cubicle. The genital and hernia check was individual and you had to wait outside that station until called and there were two exam rooms across the hall from each other.
The doctor in mine was a much older man and I knew he was a civilian by his shirt and tie under his lab coat. As I remember he was white haired, tall and portly with his stethoscope's ear tubes around his neck as all doctors did back then. He had me sit on the exam table and looked in my ears, down my throat, felt my lymph glands, listened to my heart, neck, lungs, had me take several breaths; had me lie on my back and listened to my abdomen and palpated me. Then he had me step off the table and face him as he sat on a stool and lower my briefs. He VERY FIRMLY rolled each testicle and squeezed hard enough to send a wave through my stomach. After he did the 'turn your head and cough' he pushed his finger hard way up into me and told me to bear down hard. That was the first time a doctor had ever examined my inguinal canals. At the last station you turned in your clipboard and picked up another colored line which took you back to the lockers to get dressed. As I recall no blood samples were taken.
We were each given a voucher for lunch in the cafeteria on the first floor. After lunch another briefing and we were dismissed to our lockers to get our coats and turn in the key; and then back to the charter bus for the ride back home. Not everybody went home tho. Some that were actually already drafted stayed and would spend the night there in a dorm and head out for basic training the next morning. As it turned out one of the guys with me who had been drafted flunked the physical and surprised his mom when my mom and I took him home from the bus depot.
Many years later I worked for an airline and chanced to work in the SATO office in that same government building where I left for basic training from which was then called MEPS. FYI the acronym SATO (Scheduled Airlines Traffic Office) was actually JAMTO waaaaaay back when I went in the Armed Forces (JAMTO - Joint Airline Military Traffic Office).
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.