What Is a Marine Poolee?
Posted By: Dawn Hromanik 03-23-11
My oldest son is a Marine and due to distance and other obstacles did not participate fully in the Marine DEP (delayed entry program) to the fullest extent. However, my youngest son enlisted seven months ago and is now in the "pool" awaiting his ship date to boot camp. Thus the term "poolee".
At least once a week he joins approximately twenty other recruits at the Lincoln, Nebraska recruiting station to participate in physical training, leadership activities, and learn more about what it is to become a Marine. I will tell you as a mom, being a Marine recruit has been the best thing that has ever happened to him. He has gained self confidence, learned leadership skills and receives affirmation and encouragement from the Marines recruiters.
He has brought friends to work out with him during PT and thus has exposed them to what the Marines are all about. Yes, he would like to make PFC (private first class) going in, but he also receives admiration from his peers which makes him stand taller and prouder. My son has come so far in the year he has been considering joining the Marine Corps and I am so looking forward to the journey ahead.
This photo is from the recruiting stations Family Night where family members were invited to learn more about the Corps, meet the recruiters, and ask questions. I will post a video later so you can actually listen to the Drill Instructor.
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