Albany Poolees get a taste of Recruit Training
By Cpl. Michael D. Darbouze
| | May 05, 2006
RECRUTING STATION ALBANY, N.Y. --
Most people can remember a period in their life when they craved the attention of someone they loved, admired and aspired of one day becoming.
More than 250 poolees got all the attention they could handle and then a little bit more from two Parris Island drill instructors during the 2006 Pool Function held in Watervliet, N.Y., on May 5-6.
Poolees from all over the Northeast New York region attended the all-hands function in hopes of getting a better idea of what to expect when they arrive on Parris Island.
According to Jessica Galloway, she learned a great deal and was even more pumped up and ready for her May ship date.
“I didn’t think it was going to be so in-your-face,” explained Galloway of her interactions with the drill instructors. “When we got here, they were all sweaty and in-your-face, but just having them screaming at us, having them in our face, made it more motivating.”
The soon to be recruit and her peers arrived at the Civic Center Friday evening and were welcomed with a greeting like only a Marine Corps drill instructor could give. The two Marine drill instructors showed the poolees how to take care of a squad bay, stand fire watch, report their post, and a plethora of other Marine Corps knowledge crammed into one evening.
Drill Instructor Sgt. Tim Brady said the poolees will still be in for a number of surprises when they arrive to his island, but they will be more prepared than your average recruit.
The next day, the poolees experienced what it would feel like to wake up at 5:30 a.m. to the “loving” voice of a drill instructor rather than that of their parents or guardians. Once the poolees were coherent and done with their morning clean up, they commenced to take part in a day filled with activities.
Each Recruiting Substation had an opportunity to compete against each other and show their more competitive side in such competitions as the Pull-Up Challenge, Fireman Carry Race, Wheel Barrel Race and the Marine Corps field meet classic Tug-of-War Challenge.
The poolees sat in a semi circle once their adrenaline slowed down. They received, what Brady described as a rare opportunity to ask the drill instructors questions about Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and what they should expect as recruits.
Sergeant Major Luke T. Converse, RS Albany Sergeant Major, said he believes this was probably the most beneficial portion of the function for most of the poolees.
“Most poolees are filled with anxiety prior to heading down to Parris Island,” Converse said. “Usually the greatest cause for this anxiety is due to the simple fact that (poolees) have never seen a drill instructor before, and they don’t have a clue as to what to expect. This group today had the privilege of sitting in front of two drill instructors and ask them whatever they wanted to know about recruit training. I’m not saying they won’t have some nervous tension when they go to Parris Island, but they will certainly fell more prepared than they did 16 hours ago.”