OpinionUSMC Poolee Training
Last weekend here in CO, we conducted a live-fire program in the serious use of military rifles.
Attendees were all young USMC “Poolee.”
All patriots who have been enrolled by local USMC recruiters, and are waiting for their “ship-out date” to USMC recruit basic training (usually sixty days or less), are called “Poolee.”
My Grandson is a Poolee!
In the interim, local recruiters work with Poolee regularly in an effort to get them into good mental and physical shape in preparation for basic training. Their relentless efforts pay-off in terms of low drop-out rates.
On his own initiative, my dauntless Grandson organized his fellow Poolee into a one-day Training Class at an outdoor range, and a group of local DTI Instructors and I spent a day getting these magnificent young men and women, who have so audaciously stepped forward to wear their Country’s uniform and defend this nation, up-to-speed in modern small-arms technique.
Naturally, we run a hot range. I explained to my young students that they would likely not see a hot range during their enlistment, but that they needed to learn everything they could from us, and then be good students once on active duty.
We brought a number of M4s for them to use.
We worked on using sighting systems, running a trigger, running the manual safety, moving with the rifle, effectively engaging threats at various ranges (including moving targets mixed-in with bystanders), and host of other subjects.
It was an intense day.
Yet, what stands-out most is the way this program affected me, and my DTI Instructors.