A motivated and dedicated Poolee McClure of RSS Sarasota enjoying his DEP's Family Event. Sound off like you got a pair McClure!!

April 12, 2014 – A motivated and dedicated Poolee McClure of RSS Sarasota enjoying his DEP’s Family Event. McClure is scheduled to ship to MCRD Paradise Island in August of this year with an 03xx/infantry contract. Photo Courtesy of Poolee McClure.

While in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program (DEP), eventually you should experience a “family day” event held by your recruiting station.
This event is where real active Drill Instructors go visit all of you motivated poolees and they give you a small taste of what boot camp is going to be like. Your friends and family are encouraged to attend.The purpose of this family day event is to not only give poolees a taste of boot camp, but to also show all of your family members what boot camp is going to be like.
Just understand that despite them being real drill instructors, they obviously can’t and wont go full throttle on you poolees since this is a public event. It is a small taste, but that is all it is, a very small taste.


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Poolee Profile #110: MAYBERRY, R. B. – RSS NORTH COLUMBUS

POOLEE RILEYName: Mayberry, Riley B.
Location: Westerville, OH
RSS: RSS North Columbus
MOS and Ship Date: Motor T Operations- Sept 22, 2014


Why I enlisted in the Marine Corps: I have always been smart, but have always known that college wasn’t the right fit for me. I considered some community college, but decided that I wasn’t satisfied with doing next to nothing. I got invited to a pt session with the other Poolees in the area and made some of the best friends I have ever had. I have never felt like I belonged anywhere as much as the Corps. The physical and mental challenges are perfect for me and I couldn’t be happier.
My plans for the future: I definitely plan on making a career out of the Marine Corps. I’m considering going through OCS at a later time, but who knows how that will play out
My words for other Poolees: Utilize your resources. Your recruiters are there to help prepare you. If there is an aspect of boot camp or your mos that you are worried about, ask them. If you have a shitty recruiter (because they exist) ask another recruiter in your RSS. Don’t ever let yourself be unprepared.
My favorite quote: If you’re going through hell keep going. ~Winston Churchill
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Poolee Profile #109: WRIGHT, D. – RSS VANCOUVER

POOLEE DAKOTAName: Wright, Dakota
Location: Vancouver, Washington
RSS: RSS Vancouver
Ship date and MOS: September 15th 2014, Combat Mechanic

Why I joined the Marine Corps: Well you see my dad was a boxer and a great fighter and I have always had the same mentality so I wanted to join a fighting branch.  I’ve always wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself.  I wanted to be a part of a brotherhood where people won’t look at me funny because of who I am. I wanted the honor to call myself a Marine.  I wanted to be the super soldier that people would look up to and want to be when they grow up.  Most of all I wanted to make myself proud and my family proud.

My plans for my enlistment/future: If there is one thing about me that is I always have a plan.  I plan to make the Marines a full career and I also plan to become the highest NCO in the Marines for enlisted.  I plan to lat move out of my MOS and go into Recon school after which I plan to go into MARSOC.  MARSOC is the biggest challenge I see and I love a challenge to fight not just with my fists but with my mind.  I have no real big plans to become an officer but I might I’m still thinking about it at the moment.

My words for other poolee/future Marines: Look Poolee’s and future Marines times may get hard but every fighter must find the will to get up when he or she has no strength.  Each day you strive to become better you are stepping towards the title of Marine.  Anything can be taken from you because you have no real control over anything besides your attitude.  Walk tall be proud but walk with a heart of gold and a spirit of fire and you shall live well.   Listen to the DI’s and train harder every day to become the next Marine because few can earn the title let’s not waste it.

My favorite quote: I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” -Genghis Khan
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that! – Rocky Balboa

My contact info: Dakota Wright on Facebook and

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Poolee Profile #108: ADAMS, A. A. – RSS JOLIET

Location: Newlenox, IL
RSS: Joliet
Ship Date and MOS: September 22nd 2014 – Infantrydivider
Why I enlisted in the Marine Corps: It has always been my dream to Be a Marine since I was two years old and to be in combat and get a confirmed kill and have the honor to be with my brothers.

My plans for my enlistment\future: to make a career out of the Corps and get the best training they have to offer and take the Indoc for Recon or scout sniper.

My words to other poolees/future Marines: it is hard at first but never give up and always remember what you signed up for and always be faithful to your fellow brothers. Semper Fi.

My favorite quote: “Marines die that’s what we’re here for. But the Marine corps lives forever and that means you live forever.”

My contact info: Facebook, Niko Adams – email:

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Poolee Profile #107: PALKOVITZ, J. R. – RSS JOLIET

Location: New Lenox, Illinois
RSS: RSS Joliet
Ship Date and MOS: June 9th, 2014 – Security Forcesdivider
Why i wanted to enlist into the Marine Corps: Many members of my family have been in the military and it has been a dream of mine since i was a kid to enlist into the Marine Corps. i’ve wanted to challenge myself and to overcome those challenges and the Marine Corps offers me many challenges.

My plans for my enlistment/future: Right now im thinking im going to try and make a career out the Marine Corps and just stay in as long as possibly can.

My words for other poolees/future Marines: Always stay motivated, and if you ever think about giving up…DONT! Always put 110% into everything you do. And if you ever do think about giving up just think about how bad you want to become a United States Marine and that this was your choice…no matter how bad things may seem at the time it could always be worse so just motivate yourself and keep moving forward.

My favorite quote:“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti

My contact info: Facebook: Joe Palkovitz — Email:

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Poolee Profile #106: PINCKNEY, T. G. – RSS STROUDSBURG

POOLEE PICKNEYName: Pinckney, T. G.
Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
RSS: RSS Stroudsburg
MOS and ship date: 20140210 – Motor transportation operator divider
Why I chose to enlist into the Marine Corps: I enlisted in the Marine Corps because I knew when I graduated high school there was nothing more that I wanted to do than join the military. At first I wasn’t sure of what branch to join but then I started looking in to the Marine Corps and attended a PT session with the Poolees and never felt such a great sense of belonging as I did when I was there. I also feel that in America we get amazing freedom that other countries don’t have and I’m willing to fight to keep it that way.
My plans for my enlistment/future: I can’t say for sure, but right now I plan on making a career in the Marine Corps.
My message to other poolees/future Marines: You don’t have to be extremely fit to join, you just have to have a good attitude and know that you won’t give up no matter what!
My favorite quote: “When you think about quitting, remember why you started.”
My contact info:  FACEBOOK
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Poolee Profile #105: AUGUSTA, J. F. – RSS MAPLE HEIGHTS

Location: Mayfield Heights, OH
RSS: RSS Maple Heights
Ship date and MOS: January 27 2014 – 03xx/Infantrydivider
Why I joined the Marine Corps: Earning the title Marine has been the biggest dream i have had my entire life. In my eyes, Marines are the best. Not only are they the best trained, but they hold themselves to a much higher standards then the majority of human beings. I have admired every single Marine i have met in my life. I believe that becoming a Marine will turn me into a much better man. A man that other men could only dream to be.
My plans for my enlistment/future: Currently, i have no idea how long i wish to serve. It all depends on how my first enlistment goes. If i love it then yes i would probably make a career out of it. Regardless, i plan on going to college and getting at least a bachelor’s degree.
My words to other poolees/future Marines: Always remember why you enlisted in the Marine corps. Not everybody enlisted for the same reason. Earning the EGA to me is one of the biggest honors. When things get tough, just keep on going!
My favorite quote: “The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
My contact info: Email:  Facebook: Joe.Augusta  Twitter: @Jaugusta42
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Hopefully the below video inspires and motivates some of you poolees and wannabees.

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Poolee Profile #104: NOLAN, F. R. – RSS NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Location: Rudyard, MI
RSS: RSS Northern Michigan
Ship date and MOS: 07/07/14, 03xx-Infantrydivider
Why I decided to join the Marine Corps: There are multiple reasons why I enlisted. Ever since I was just a kid I’ve always wanted to be in the military. Now that I’m older and can distinguish the difference between the branches, the Marine Corps is a very easy choice for me. I love the brotherhood, I love the tradition and what the Corps is all about. I’ve never seen a group of people with more pride in my life. There’s also the rather common reason you could say, of wanting to defend my country. I want to make it a safe, free place for my family and friends to live in. I also want to do something more and not average with my life, less than one-percent of Americans are Marines if I’m not mistaken, I would say that’s far from average.
My plans for my enlistment/future: I plan on making a career out of being a Marine. I plan on doing a minimum of twenty years, but we’ll see if I am up for more when that day comes. I understand that my opinion may change in four years, but I look at it like if I don’t enjoy my first enlistment then I can always change my MOS and get a completely new experience. That being said I really think I will enjoy my life as a grunt. College is also likely in my future, but I’ll do that throughout my career as a Marine.
My message to other poolees/future Marines: I know you’ve probably heard this a billion times in your lifetime, but never give up and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. NEVER tell yourself you can’t do something, that’s something my father instilled in my mind at a young age and it’s stuck. You can do anything you set your mind to.
My favorite quote: “The real value of setting goals is not the recognition or reward; it’s the person we become by finding the discipline, courage, and commitment to achieve them.”
Contact info: Email:  Twitter: @frankienolan96
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