Here is an excellent video filmed in mid 2014 at MCRD San Diego that does an excellent job at capturing your first two hours of boot camp.
You will see the bus arrival, the yellow footprints, the contraband room (red boxes), your phone call home, and your first haircut.

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The below link is to a Marine mom’s blog where she posts about what it is like being the mother of a Marine.

Click on banner to visit her site.


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Poolee Profile #121: SMITH, T. S. – RSS INGRAM

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Poolee Profile #120: STEVES, C. S. – RSS HAMBURG


POOLEE STEVES from RSS Hamburg, New York. Ship date of: August 10, 2015 MOS of: Logistics

Why I chose to enlist into the Marine Corps: I choose to enlist in the marine corps because they have always inspired me. I have always been a natural leader and there was no better branch for me. The marines are so much more to me that a few people who went through hell to wear those dress blues but are the true leaders. And I want that.
My plans for my enlistment/future: In the marines I plan to stay in until I’m told to stop. I want to inspire others and prove that women can and will do anything hey set their mind to. I want to earn my teaching degree and do the troops to teaching program and just do as much as I can.
My words to other poolees/future Marines: To my future brothers and sisters just remember even when times get tough don’t quit. You made a commitment to serve this nation proudly. You inspire people across the county and you are more than just a number. Always stay motivated and never forget why you joined the best fighting team there is.
My favorite quote: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle
My contact info: You can email me at: Follow me on Instagram: @ChristiSteves
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Poolee Profile #119: RAYMOND, J. L. – RSS FORT LAUDERDALE


POOLEE RAYMOND from RSS Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ship date of 20150815 and MOS of 03xx/infantry.

Why I chose to enlist into the Marine Corps: I chose the Marine Corps after researching the other branches of the military.  In my family, I have two great-uncles who are Navy Seals, my sister and father served in the Army, cousins in the Air Force and Navy, and another great uncle in the USMC.  I have wanted to serve since the first time someone asked me the question of what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I chose the Marine Corps because each Marine is a rifleman, and they are, without question, warriors.  I want to earn that title and be part of that brotherhood.  
My plans for my enlistment/future: My contract is for 8 years of service, 4 years of active duty and 4 years of reserve duty, just like everyone else that enlists, but I would like to serve in the USMC as a career if the USMC will choose to continue to employ me in that fashion. 
My words to other poolees/future Marines: Surround yourself with people who support your decision, will help motivate you and remind you of why you want to serve.  And if there is no one there to stand behind you, then look above.  You are never alone in this.  The officer who swore me in said that those of us who serve are the real 1%.  He said that, since 9-1-1, only 1% of Americans have served their country in this way.  Only 40% of applicants are actually qualified.  You made the cut.  You can do this.
 My favorite quote:  “Every man dies.  Not every man truly lives.”  – William Wallace (Braveheart)
 My contact info: Facebook:  Jeremiah Raymond,  Email:
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Poolee Profile #118: BRITTAIN, D. N. – RSS LAKEWOOD

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POOLEE BRITTAIN, D. N. from RSS Lakewood, CA – SHIP DATE and MOS: July 20, 2015, Infantry/03xx

Why I chose to enlist into the Marine Corps: I chose to enlist in the United States Marine Corps because it has been a dream of mine for many years. I want to be a part of the best. I wanted the comradery and brotherhood that only the Marine Corps has to offer. I wanted to be a part of something that has such rich history.

My plans for my enlistment/future: My plans are to make the Marine Corps my career. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I would like to eventually become an officer if opportunities came my way.

My words for other poolees/future Marines: Never give up, and stay motivated! When you start to loose motivation, just remember what you are going to be a part of. You are going to be a part of the worlds greatest fighting force. Take pride in that and let that motivate you! PT EVERYDAY!

My favorite quote: “The only person you need to be better than, is the person you were yesterday. So the actions you take today, should make you a better person tomorrow.”

My contact Information: Instagram: brittain_usmc, Email:

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Poolee Profile #117: MORESCA, F. M. – RSS BRIDGEPORT


POOLEE MORESCA, F. M. from RSS Bridgeport, CT. SHIP DATE AND MOS: Aug. 10th 2015, 44XX-01XX CB Administration

divider Why I chose to enlist into the Marine Corps: I decided to join the Marine Corps because I always wanted to join the military. There was always this aura about the Marines that drew me to it. How everything is earned, never given. I can’t wait for the honor of earning the title, United States Marine.
My plan for my enlistment/future: My plan in the Marine Corps is to either go to college afterward to become a Marine Corps officer or maybe just serve one enlistment. I’ll have to see how everything goes with my first 4 years, time will tell.
My advice for poolees/future Marines: As for poolees and future Marines, all I can say is don’t give up. The end result is earning that title and being a Marine forever. Put out in PT, get your IST and PFT scores up, and when you feel like quitting, remember why you started. Why you held on for so long in the first place. It’s 90% mental and 10% physical. Each and every Marine had to go through what your going through. When you feel like giving up, you will look at the poolees/recruits to your left and right and realize that you can do it.
My favorite quote: “When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
My contact info: My Instagram is felia_usmc007. My email is You can also find me on facebook, my name is Felia Moresca.
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Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery December 2014 located in San Antonio, Texas

GARDENS OF STONE: Recently the staff of Future Jarheads had the honor and privilege of visiting the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX where some 144,000 of our nation’s heroes are interned.
It was a powerful and moving reminder of the price of our freedom. Those who dream of one day claiming the title of United States Marine must never forget that fulfilling your oath of enlistment could require making the greatest of sacrifices and we must ensure that we never forget those who have paid the highest price. SEMPER FI!
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