Congratulations! You've decided to join the United States military, and you're at MEPS (military entrance processing station) getting your medical and psychological tests. There's one more thing that needs to be done before you can leave for basic training: a urinalysis test. But how does it work? How many tests are there? What exactly is tested? And what happens if you fail? Let's find out!
The urine is first tested for drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and amphetamine. If the test comes back positive, you'll be sent to a lab where your urine will be examined more closely.
The lab technicians will look for any signs of disease or abnormalities that could be picked up in a laboratory. They might also test the sample for evidence of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea (the latter being one reason why you shouldn't pee on the stick).
The urine is also tested for any signs of disease or abnormalities that could be picked up in a laboratory. For example, if you have an STD and it's not detected by the physical exam, then your urine will be tested for syphilis (a sexually transmitted infection) and gonorrhea (a bacterial infection). If you're pregnant, the test will reveal this as well. In addition to this standard screening procedure for all new military recruits, some branches of service may require additional tests depending on what they want to know about you before accepting your application into their ranks.
In addition to the standard drug test, your urine may also be tested for evidence of pregnancy or STDs. If you are female and you haven't had a period in over three months or if you have any other symptoms like bloating or breast tenderness, they will test your urine for pregnancy.
If there is any suspicion that you might have an STD, they will do a swab of your genitals and send it off to be tested at a lab (this happens if they suspect chlamydia).
There are several tests that can tell if a person is taking drugs. The most common is the urine test, which analyzes chemicals in your pee.
The other methods include:
You will be given a cup and asked to provide a urine sample. The sample is tested for drugs, and if it's clean, you pass!
Three: A urine analysis is performed on the urine sample collected during the urinalysis.
The urine is tested for pregnancy, blood and drugs (including marijuana). The specific gravity of your urine tells if you have too much or too little water in your body. If it's too low, you may be dehydrated; if it's high, then there may be lots of salts in your system which could indicate kidney problems or diabetes mellitus (sugar metabolism disorder). Protein in a person's urine means that their kidneys aren't working properly--the protein comes out into their bloodstream instead of being filtered out by their kidneys.
You will have to blow into a breathalyzer to get your final test. If you fail the breathalyzer test, you will be disqualified from serving in the military.
There are four tests that your urine goes through at MEPS.
Your urine is screened for drugs, including marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines (speed). The test identifies these substances by looking for their metabolites--byproducts of metabolism that remain in the body long after use has stopped. If you've used any of these substances within a few days before arriving at MEPS, you could fail this test even if you're clean now! So make sure not to smoke up if you want to enlist! It's also worth noting that some prescription medications can cause false positives on drug screens; check with your doctor before taking any new prescriptions if you're worried about passing the test because they may not be approved by MEPS regulations.
The MEPS has a lot of ways to make sure that you aren't taking drugs. The first test they do is called the Urine drug screen. This test checks for cocaine, marijuana and amphetamine in your urine. If the results are positive for any of these substances then you will not be allowed into military service because it could put yourself and others at risk when under stress or on duty.