Nearly 200 young men and women from the upper Midwest attended Recruiting Station Des Moines’ All-Hands Future Marine function, June 6-7, at Camp Dodge, Iowa, to prepare for recruit training.The future Marines, commonly known as poolees, traveled from Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin and across Iowa to take part in team building and physical training events they will experience at either Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., or MCRD San Diego, Calif.During the all-hands function, each of the 10 recruiting substations, or RSS, competed against one another in events such as log runs, where Marines and their poolees donned flak jackets and Kevlar helmets and raced against other teams while holding a log. Other events were more individual-based such as the initial strength test, or IST, which is a shortened version of the Marine Corps physical fitness test. - Nearly 200 young men and women from the upper Midwest attended Recruiting Station Des Moines’ All-Hands Future Marine function, June 6-7, at Camp Dodge, Iowa, to prepare for recruit training. The future Marines, commonly known as poolees, traveled from Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin and across Iowa to take part in team building and physical training events they will experience at either Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., or MCRD San Diego, Calif. During the all-hands function, each of the 10 recruiting substations, or RSS, competed against one another in events such as log runs, where Marines and their poolees donned flak jackets and Kevlar helmets and raced against other teams while holding a log. Other events were more individual-based such as the initial strength test, or IST, which is a shortened version of the Marine Corps physical fitness test.

Gunnery Sgt. Paul Odonnell, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of Marine Corps Recruiting Sub Station Sioux Falls, posed for a photo with Sgt. Sarah McGaffee, a Sioux Falls, S.D., native, after presenting her with the Purple Heart Medal. On Oct. 20th, 2010, while deployed with Combat Logistics Battalion 3, McGaffee’s vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device while conducting convoy operations in support of Operation Steel Dawn II in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. McGaffee was awarded her Purple Heart, Dec. 16, 2017 in Sioux Falls, S.D., in front of a detail of Marines and her local friends and family. - Gunnery Sgt. Paul Odonnell, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of Marine Corps Recruiting Sub Station Sioux Falls, posed for a photo with Sgt. Sarah McGaffee, a Sioux Falls, S.D., native, after presenting her with the Purple Heart Medal. On Oct. 20th, 2010, while deployed with Combat Logistics Battalion 3, McGaffee’s vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device while conducting convoy operations in support of Operation Steel Dawn II in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. McGaffee was awarded her Purple Heart, Dec. 16, 2017 in Sioux Falls, S.D., in front of a detail of Marines and her local friends and family.

Sergeant Spencer Day plays the saxophone at Valley Park High School, Dec. 14, in Valley Park, Missouri. Marines with the Marine Corps New Orleans Band entertained students and teachers at various high schools in and around the St. Louis area Dec. 12-14 during its winter recruiting tour. Aside from playing music, the New Orleans, Louisiana-based Marines also educated and informed students and teachers about what life is like being a band Marine. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by GySgt. Bryan A. Peterson/Released) - Sergeant Spencer Day plays the saxophone at Valley Park High School, Dec. 14, in Valley Park, Missouri. Marines with the Marine Corps New Orleans Band entertained students and teachers at various high schools in and around the St. Louis area Dec. 12-14 during its winter recruiting tour. Aside from playing music, the New Orleans, Louisiana-based Marines also educated and informed students and teachers about what life is like being a band Marine. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by GySgt. Bryan A. Peterson/Released)

Colonel David Fallon, the 9th Marine Corps District commanding officer, speaks with wrestling coaches during the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Leadership Academy in Salina, Kan., Oct. 6. Fallon spoke to coaches about the traits between Marines and wrestlers share. In November 2016, the Marine Corps expanded its marketing efforts into the wrestling world to locate and recruit men and women who the Marine Corps believes will be successful in all military occupational specialties. (Official U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Francisco Martinez) - Colonel David Fallon, the 9th Marine Corps District commanding officer, speaks with wrestling coaches during the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Leadership Academy in Salina, Kan., Oct. 6. Fallon spoke to coaches about the traits between Marines and wrestlers share. In November 2016, the Marine Corps expanded its marketing efforts into the wrestling world to locate and recruit men and women who the Marine Corps believes will be successful in all military occupational specialties. (Official U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Francisco Martinez)

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