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07-13-09, 08:06 PM #1
What are Poolee's
A few months ago I didn't know what Poolee's were.
In felt threatened by someone that wanted to become Marines
I didn't think they measured up.
I said some bad things sometimes because I didn't understand.
Tonight I met a Poolee in the Chat room by the name of MyFutureMarine who I respect and became his friend.
I am proud to know you Poolee's
We as old farts should be proud to know young men who want to become U.S. Marines.
I quit H.S. and joined in June of 68 and went to PI in July 68 not knowing what I was facing which sometimes I think its best.
But after talking to this young man who wants to become a Marine its good to know young men who know at a young age what they want.
There is nothing like becoming a U. S. Marine and this young man can hardly wait to become one of us. He is still in H.S. and goes in Feb.
Good luck to him and all the other Poolee's that want to become one of us.
You Poolee's have my support in the future.
Once A Marine Always A Marine
We will welcome you when you earn the title of U.S. Marine.
Semper Fi Redman1
07-13-09, 08:37 PM #2
If you get a chance, head down to your nearest Marine Corps Recruiting Office and go to one of the many scheduled Poolie events that the recruiters have on schedule. You will not only be able to see how the recruiters work but also you will be able to see the poolies, their effort and stict-to-itiveness. I'm just amazed how the youngsters, the ones that really do want to become Marines, show up and give it everything they have to reach their goal. You will also be able to spot the bullsh!tters. I only wish more parents would come to watch and support their sons, daughters, loved ones.
Adios, for now.
07-13-09, 08:46 PM #3
Gary thanks and also I didn't say that you and Bulkyker helped changed my mind.
I don't always put into words what I mean but I hope everyone gets the message and the Poolee's get my apology.
I was talking to my wife tonight explaining how I used to feel. I guess after going to PI I didn't respect anyone that didn't go threw the training I did.
Then after finding this form seeing someone on here that wasn't a Marine I didn't know what to think.
This is the only form that I have opened up to and have found many friends such as you Gary.
Hell this is the first time I have ever talked about Nam and hadn't talk to any of my wives until I met Karen.
Guess at the age of 60 I'm growing up.
Thanks to all of you that help make this form what it is.
See you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Also a big thanks to all of you that make Cowboy Up what it is.
Semper Fi Redman1
07-13-09, 08:47 PM #4
In our time I never heard the word poolee so when did that word come about?
07-13-09, 08:52 PM #5
07-13-09, 08:56 PM #6
Bulk has been in the Chat room and Cowboy Up. Glad he's back.
Semper Fi Redman1
07-13-09, 09:08 PM #7
You know it's funny, I'm home on PTAD. I interact with poolees on a daily basis. I even got two to join to make Lcpl. I hate these kids. I couldn't even tell you why. I'm sitting in this office and I watch them call Gunnery Sergeant Hill "gunny." It drives me nuts. The worst part is these poolees aren't half bad. The recruiting station I'm at is outstanding. The work them out twice a week. All these kids know their general orders. In all honesty they are pretty squared away. I don't know why I just hate them.
I dunno man, maybe it's the Marine Corps. I tend to hate all civillians now. I was in line at this CVS today and the line was pretty long. There was one cashier and then another one rolled up at sat and sung a song for about three minutes before she decided to open her register up. I almost snapped. I had to take a step back and be like jebus calm down.
07-13-09, 10:57 PM #8
07-14-09, 04:45 AM #9
Mr Robert that's funny coming from someone that just got out of PI.
It's also funny that I somewhat understand your attitude.
But you do need a attitude adjustment.
Mr Robert have you given thought to changing your name since you have become a Marine.
Always put yourself into others shoes.
Remember Once A Marine Always A Marine so conduct yourself accordingly.
Remember the quote: Don't judge me until you've walked a mile in my shoes.
I know you feel proud and better than the rest right now, I guess I did after PI but its been so long I really don't remember.
Remember it hasn't been that long since you were a Poolee so give them a break.
If a old dog like me can learn new tricks surely you can.
Congratulations on becoming a U.S.Marine.
Devil DMax is right so listen up!
I started this thread to make all of us think about how we act and represent the Corps.
Thanks for the response. Lets keep it positive.
Semper Fi Redman1
07-14-09, 01:20 PM #10
07-14-09, 01:33 PM #11
For the record both of you are absolutely right. In my defense though one of the things I hold in high value and regard is the custom and courtesies of the Marine Corps. I want to be that Marine talking at parade rest to a higher rank or calling attention on deck when a o-4 or above walks in. That is most likely what gets to me.
Last but not least I don't hate civilians, I just hate lazy people who work at CVS.
07-14-09, 04:22 PM #12
Robert, I understand what you are trying to say. You shouldnt "want" to be that Marine who talks at parade rest and blah blah blah. You will be. Im not trying to tell you that you will be, but if you want to look good, just do it. I think you are probably going to be a good Marine from the way you are talking. You should just try to be a little more patient at CVS! lol Just think. Maybe the second worker was still on break or something. Who knows. That person (civilian) gets paid by the hour and dont care about the people waiting in line. I also work out in town on the side but its a little more different than being a cashier. I have to deal with civilians everyday. Not right now but when im in the states. You just have to be patient with them and remember- they dont fall under the UCMJ or any MCO's. Its not there fault they arent as... hmm... "proper" maybe as the Marine Corps expects you to be. So stay motivated and give the civs a break lol
By the way, what will your job be?
07-14-09, 05:37 PM #13
07-14-09, 05:40 PM #14
Having been on Recruiting Duty...
For several years now, I've become pretty laid back with Customs and Courtesies when dealing with civilians... What has been the most rewarding aspect of being on Recruiting Duty, and been in charge of several Recruiting Sub-Stations, is that you can absolutely see the change in young men and women who complete the challenge of becoming a Marine... Having said that, the one thing I am reminded of on a daily basis, is that I was once one of these kids, who so valiantly has committed to service in Our Corps... Most of them strive, on a daily basis to meet the expectations that we have of them, and they haven't even been to Recruit Training... "Poolees" are in a "Pool" waiting for their chance to chew nails and earn Our Eagle, Globe, and Anchor... When civilians stop me on the street, and thank me for my service, if a Poolee is with me, I tell them to thank the Poolee, he/ she is the future of Our Corps, and deserve more thanks in this day and age than I do... Poolees face more resistance from their peers, family, school officials, than ever before in our Country today... It really means something today, to make the committment to serve the Corps, not that it hasn't meant anything in the past, but that we as Marines should respect that committment now more than ever... Look around long enough, and you will see that joining the military today, much less the Marine Corps, is not the most "popular" thing to do... For those young Marines that posted up, remember that you not too long ago, were wearing the famed "Poolee shirt" with pride... I'm one that will slap the spit out of your face if you f*$k with my Pool... Redman, PM me and I'll get you info on your local Recruiting Office, and you can see firsthand the future of Our Corps, the GySgt that is in charge is a good friend... Semper Fi!!
07-14-09, 05:49 PM #15
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