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Marine Corps Recruit Station Annual Field Meet, a/k/a Poolee Night
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You can order your "Corps Kit™: Parents & Poolees" for an upcoming Recruiting Station annual field meet (generally held in April and May around the US) at no charge to you from the EGA store by clicking here.

A poolee is an individual who has already signed up to become a Marine but has not yet left for the 13 weeks of recruit training at boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego or Parris Island. Every spring, Marine Corps recruiting stations around the United States hold "Poolee Night" to bring poolees and their parents together to learn what to expect in boot camp and how to prepare for boot camp.

Gunnery Sgt. Phillip H. Collins, a drill instructor at the United States Naval Academy, provides some extra motivation to a poolee from Recruiting Station Baltimore April 9. Drill instructors gave poolees a preview of what awaits them in recruit training with an intense physical training session during the RS's annual field meet.
Photo taken on 4/9/2011 By Lance Cpl. David Flynn

The poolee and parent event is an important phase before the soon-to-be recruit ships off to boot camp. Its just as important for the parents who are often nervous and unsure of what to expect and the next steps along the way. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring in parents of recent graduates and parents whose sons and daughters are currently in boot camp, to lend support and share information with the newest group of recruit parents.

Share Your Knowledge and Experience
We would like to encourage you to contact your son or daughter's recruiter to see if they would like you to share some words about the help and fellowship you've experienced through outreach services such as, Official Facebook Groups, and Marine Family Network. If you're not too fond of speaking in front of others, perhaps you can offer to sit at an exhibit table with brochures and information to help lead the way to, a source of support in this journey.

Corps Kit Parents and PooleesTo help facilitate this sharing of information, we've put together the "Corps Kit," an informational presentation kit that outlines the services provided by and We offer two different kits. The first kit is our Our Corps Kit™: Poolee Presentation Kit is intended for use on a display table during Parents and Poolees functions put on by your local Marine Corps recruiting office. This kit isor distribution to Marine Corps Recruiters only.

The Corps Kit™: Parents & Poolees contains the following:

  • 20 Presentation Folders
  • 30 Marine Parents Brochures & Holder
  • 30 Recruit Parents Brochures & Holder
  • 30 Marine Parents wristbands
  • 12 Marine Parents Calendars *While supplies last

The second kit is our Corps Kit™ Recruiter Heads UP! kit. This includes a presentation kit for you to give to your recruiter to share with them how Recruit Parents and Marine Parents has helped you on your journey. The recruiter will then be able to order their own Poolee Kit via return mail with the included postage paid envelope. To thank you for your time, we'll include a Marine Parents key chain and Parent Packet for you to keep.

So far, the initial reception to these kits has been very positive from both parents and recruiters alike. One recruiter even felt compelled to contact us to let us know how helpful they've been.

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